Terrence Jones goes back to Washington

May, 20, 2011
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Kentucky star forward Terrence Jones was recently spotted working out at Washington. The image of him training closer to home at Hec Edmundson Pavilion wouldn't be the least bit jolting had it not been for Jones' awkward decommitment from the Huskies a year ago.

Jones went as far as to hold a news conference to put on a Washington baseball cap before reconsidering his options and ultimately heading to Lexington instead. That he was recently spotted wearing blue on a purple court brings up the question: What if?

What if Jones had stuck to his initial commitment? Would Washington have lived up to its expectations and won the Pac-10 title rather than Arizona? Would a young Kentucky team have still been able to reach the Final Four?

Jones' decommitment has lingering ramifications as well. With him back at Kentucky for a second year, the Wildcats will enter the season as one of the nation's best teams. Washington, meanwhile, only has two scholarship players standing at least 6-foot-8 and is still in search of another big man after recently missing out on junior college transfer God's Gift Achiuwa.

So seeing Jones at Washington is at least somewhat of a sight to behold. The last time he was campus was interesting, too. It was after he had opened up his options and came on the eve of making his final choice.

Here was Washington guard Isaiah Thomas describing that visit to Sports Illustrated last year.
"It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen in recruiting," Thomas said, "because everything [Jones] did made it seem like he was coming to Washington.

"I wouldn't have anything to do with a school if I wasn't going there, but [Jones], on the day before he signed with Kentucky, came up to campus for the whole day. He surprised us and the coaches by showing up with his teammate who might walk on at Washington. [Jones] was chilling with us, he worked out, he hooped, he stayed the night ... and I didn't really ask him about the situation, because I know how recruiting is -- everybody asks you questions about it -- but then he picked the Wildcats, and we were like, damn."

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