In what has become one of the more interesting recruiting stories over the past few years, Terrence Jones is still considering a pair of schools.
During a press conference at his high school on Friday, Jones announced to a large group of media members, family, friends and over 25,000 viewers on the internet that he would attend the University of Washington.
Shortly after the press conference, Jones began having second thoughts.
According to a source, the Portland (Ore.) Jefferson standout did not sign a Letter of Intent during his press conference and shortly after the ceremony the 6-foot-9 power forward spoke to Kentucky coach John Calipari.
Jones, a five-star prospect, has not made his final decision, according to the same source. The decision is down to Washington and Kentucky and Jones still wants to "weigh his options."
Jones is currently rated the No. 6 power forward and No. 20 overall, but will likely get
Odd, but if he is to leave and go with kentucky calipari will have another good team this season.
it's a strange situation. Jones put the huge press conference together and said how he was glad to be done with the recruiting process. But immediately after it was over he said he would not be signing the letter of intent. I mean, why schedule a big press confernce and then the second you stand up from the table say "nah, im not ready to sign that thing"?
I can only wonder what strings Calipari is pulling. Something is very fishy.
I don't think calipari did anything illegal but he probably just mentioned he has a better chance of going to the nba if he played under calipari for a year. However i wouldn't put anything past calipari with all of his past "scandals".
thing is, that jones was heavily considering calipari well before he announced washington. He even said in his press conerence that he was ready to tell kentucky they came in second. So its not like cal could have just said "hey you have a better chance to play in the nba here" since you have to figure he probably already said in the past few months when he was recruiting him. Oh well, all we can do is wait and see.
he actually had UK favored and from what im reading he picked Washington because of some of his friends and moms wanting him to go there although he was leaning more towards UK. Cant get on Cal for doing his job...i say doing his job because many coaches( dean smith, coach K and izzo) keep recruiting kids after they verbally commit because thats allowed. once someone signs a letter of intent then the recruiting is suppossed to stop. Also Terrence called Coach Cal after the announcement. It pretty much sounds like even when he made the choice he still was unsure, which is obvious because he never signed the letter of intent. My terps lost out on Ross almost the same way because he committed to maryland almost a year ago and a couple of months ago changed his mind
Why is he being a loser?
how is he considered being a loser for changing his mind liek so many other recruits have done in the past?
You don't make a big press conference like that, with so many people from school and all that stuff, and then change your mind like a day after....That's loser-ish. Make up your mind and THEN commit. No recruit has ever made an announcement like that and then changed their mind like the next day.
i mean, every other top recruit has signed, so its not like he rushed into this. He had all the time in the world to think this over and hear everything each coach had to say and make up his mind. Why put together a press conference if you are not sure?
Think about it: Is it not okay for a recruit to change his mind, even at the last second? These are 17-year-old kids we're talking about here, and they're making the biggest decision they've ever made before in their life.
exactly OJ...you act liek this is a grown man. this is a kid. who cares if there are a bunch of people there. they arent the ones who are gonna have to go play at the school. he doesnt owe any of those people anything. yeah he had a conference but its still no different then someone just giving a verbal commitment. like i said before he doesnt owe anyone anythign except his self. When ross decomitted from maryland i didnt call him names because i know he's just a kid and kids change there mind plus even though im a fan i know its his decision and this is where hes gonna spend his next year or more of his life
Then get your stuff together, and don't do all the extra shiit and then re-nig at the last second. If your going to hold a press conference, make sure you know what your going to do. Press conferences are for big boys. If you put something together trying to make yourself out to be a big boy, then do it the right way. But how can you go for the slam dunk and you can't palm the damn ball?
I'm a kid too. Well, I just turned 18. So it still isn't normal to hold all this stuff and then change your mind at the last second. Even to me.
So hes a loser in youre book because of that?..lol..because you feel if a kid has a press conference then he should stay with the college he picked? im guessing you havent had to make a choice about what college to attend for sports am i right?..from the out side looking in its oh so easy and for some players it is. But for some it isnt that easy even when you do give a verbal and in some cases when you sing the LOI. Its alot harder then it sounds. Hell i still was second guessing myself after commiting in front of my family friends and highschool classmates. The fact of the matter is none of us has a right to judge a kid who is making a decision that effects HIS life not ours. those who do are just selfish especially when they have zero stake in this kids decision. the people who came werent forced to come and didnt have to buy tickets or stock options based on his decision. If you cant understand that then i guess you just cant but its alot easier to not understand when you have never been in that type of situation.
You cant hold other people youre age to youre standards. Especially since you not int he position to have to make a big choice about what college you are gonna play for and having a bunch of people wanting to pay to see you play
And a press conference isnt "Big Boy". Any popular kid can hold a press conference
Actually I'm going to be a trainer for the college I'm attending next year as a route to get into coaching, on a full scholarship. And I got to choose which school to attend between about 7 colleges. So yes, I did have to choose between which colleges to go to. Remember when I asked what I needed to major in to get into scouting? That was a part of my decision making process.
On topic, yes, I still think it's quite loser-ish to hold a press conference and do a bunch of extra stuff, only to decide he wasn't sure again. He had to have doubts before that press conference, so my question is why hold it if your not sure?
he can do whatever he wants and it his choice. But when you hold a press conference and invite the world to see you show your committment to one school after months of going over the decision and taking everything into acount, yeah we can judge you negatively for that.
Quincey, I have had to make a college choice on where I want to attend it is no different than picking a school for where one wants to play except the media and anticipation. But for Terrence Jones to hold a press conference and have 2nd thoughts after the press conference is not a good move. I understand he is a kid, and he is allowed to change his mind, but for him to have a press conference and then change his mind. That isn't right. He didn't need to have a press conference, he could have just signed the LOI with his family in the comfort of his own home. He isn't required to have a press conference.
Its alot different then just picking a college to go to. come on now. there are a bunch of coachs calling and texting you every day telling you you should go here or there. There arent fans at each college hitting up youre facebook page pleading with you to come to there college. You dont have to worry about disappointing a bunch of people with which college you pick. I'm sorry but the two just arent comparable. No one saying its not a good move but to say he's a loser because of it, especially when hes known as being a good kid and everyone says hes a people pleaser, is just going overboard. Who are we to say he didnt need to hold a press conference? It isnt right to change youre mind at a press conference because of........Is some one dying or losing there job or alot of money over this?..what exactly is the great consequence of him changing his mind at a press conferenmce other then what some people "feel" isnt right? I'm looking for something valid other then " I dont feel it was right"
i respect the opinions but to say its no different then just picking a college is just outlandish. Im sorry but the pressures of hundreds-thousands constantly telling you where you should go and colleges flying you across the country and thousands tuning in to watch you play is different then having youre parents and a couple of friends wondering where you are gonna go but not completly careing one way or another( outside of some family)
I have a question....Do you consider MJ or LeBron losers as well?
you keep bringing up how it is hard to decide and we keep bringing up then why have a press conference? Is it difficult to decide, absolutely. Is it easy to call off a press conference if you have no idea if you actually want to sign yet, very.
- You don't make a big press conference like that, with so many people from school and all that stuff, and then change your mind like a day after....That's loser-ish. Make up your mind and THEN commit. No recruit has ever made an announcement like that and then changed their mind like the next day.
- On topic, yes, I still think it's quite loser-ish to hold a press conference and do a bunch of extra stuff, only to decide he wasn't sure again. He had to have doubts before that press conference, so my question is why hold it if your not sure?
Not saying HE'S a loser-ish person...I don't know him from a can of worms. I do think that doing all this extra stuff was loser-ish though.
did mj and lebron hold press conference to announce one school and then change thier minds immediately?
Or shaun livingston and J.R Smith
They held a press conference to commit only to change their minds? If so, yea, that's loser-ish.
Quincey, what you're saying is off base. If a future student-athlete is actually concerned about disappointing others that is just insecurity right there. I am fine with Terrence Jones changing his mind, but for him to hold a press conference is overboard. If you're going to tell the world make sure you're ready, if you're not just cancel it there is nothing wrong with that.
How is that insecruity? Just about everyone is worried about disappointing someone. youre mom will support you with what ever you do but im sure you still worry about disappointing her. its easy for you to say that when you have never had a bunch of people who would be disappointed in youre decision so i dont expect you to understand.
And no livingston didnt hold a press conference he didnt something worst. He signed a LOI and as we all know signing something is alot more binding then verbal. LeBron said on nation t.v in front of millions that he was gonna be int he dunk contest. no matter how you look at it it comes down to just being a verbal commitment. Not binding, which is why the NCAA does hold kids accountable to stick to it
And theres nothing wrong with changing youre mind at a press conference either. on ly to some people and that of course holds zero weight except for cooler talk or barber shop talk
You can't live your life for a bunch of other people no matter who you are. If you try to please people who don't know you or care to know you, that is insecure. Disappointing a random fan is far less important than disappointing someone like your mom, who generally would know your tendencies, capabilities, and will look out for your best interests. A fan just sees you as a basketball player, while a mom sees you as.....a son. HUGE difference. The line between understanding whether you're cared for and listening to someone who doesn't know you is the line between being secure and insecure.
Like i said its alot easier said when you dont have fans. one factors of nba players leaving teams or doing things is disappointing there fans or when they do somethign wrong one thing thats always said is " im sorry i disappointed my fans" . But liek i said its alot easier when you have never been close to being in that position
And of course you cant live youre life pleasing everyone but you also cant say much if you have never been in that situation other then guess. I can say its easy being a CEO of a company but ive never been one so me saying that holds no weight since ive never been in the position. Now if i had ever been a CEO or NBA player then it would be different. Its also keen to people who say what they would do in certain situations when they have never even been close to being in that situation
While I for one have never been in that position you can't say every user on the board hasn't been in that position. You make too many generalizations.
If your trying to say players put their fans and their parents in the same line of thinking in terms of who they're willing to try to impress, I can't agree.
That's different anyway. They say that because that because they want to reach out to fans who may be disappointed in a transgression they may have made, not because their fans tried to convince them to do something without knowing them as anything other than a basketball player like in the situation you came up with.
Everyone on here has said there HS situation coming out of HS. not one person has ever said they held a press conference or had a bunch of people hanging on to there everyword as far as what college they are gonna play for...unless i missed something...there was a couple post asking everyone if they played hs,collegeball and how good they were so its not like i just guessed
The thing is you dont know the reason they say that. No more then i do.. youre just guessing as to why they say that. The mother thing was just a example. maybe ya'll are different and other then youre mom's ya'll dont care if you dissapoint other people or not but most people care about disappointing other people other then there family and it has nothing to do with being insecure
Again you're making generalizations about who we care about and don't care about. As for insecurity maybe not, but to hold a press conference without the confidence in choosing where to go that's a problem. Again, anyone can hold a press conference, but you better mean what you say if you're going to say that. No one likes someone who is fickle, and that's what Terrence Jones is being, fickle.
Once again...a problem for who?..you?..understandable thats youre opinion but in the grand scheme of things its not a problem its just something you dont like or agree with
so jones isnt dissaponting a lot of washington fans? I mean seeing as how that is the only college that he committed to publicly and made a big deal about, i think his wishes to keep his word and not dissapoint should be aimed there first.
This is all just a big whatever argument anyways. Jones can go where he wants. He hasnt signed anywhere yet. It is a tough decision. But holding a press conference and making a big deal about it then saying he wasnt sure is not the proper way to handle the situation. And while people on the internet who dont know him cant judge his character, we can judge his actions in this one situation.
I feel its wayy to extreme to say hes a loser for this. Its not like he slapped a old lady or stole or did have the things alot of other players have done that ya'll talk about on here in such good light. If thats all it takes to be considered a loser though then just about ever sports figure and half the people on here must be considered losers for someof the things they have said and/or done
Well said llperez.
like coach Cal told him he's gonna disappoint thousands no matter what he does. Some kids are very nice and have a hard time disappointing people. When they become adults they understand more that they need to overlook that and there are some kids who dont care what so ever about disappointing anyone
And i agree you can judge his actions but calling the KID a loser isnt judging his actions its judgeing him.
Mr 6000 what 10 players would you consider not to be losers in the NBA?
"loser" is a pretty lose term, it's not like calling someone a loser means they should be compared to thieves or people who beat old women. I call guys losers for missing f'ts, im not sure that means im condeming them as people.
Not really a big concern IMO. He might be having second thoughts, but he's staying at Washington. Close to home, and his best friend Terrence Ross commited with him. He will get instant playing time from day 1 and Washington will be a top-5 team in the Country.
"so jones isnt dissaponting a lot of washington fans? I mean seeing as how that is the only college that he committed to publicly and made a big deal about, i think his wishes to keep his word and not dissapoint should be aimed there first."
I agree with that point 1005% Llperez.
So you feel this is ok?..calling kids in society losers in any context because they do something we dont agree with( not including drugs, murder etc)Maybe its just me but as a adult i have a problem calling a kid a loser in any context for something liek this. if he did some of the things lance stephenson did then i can understand. if a jr high kid has a press conference to say what hs he's going to and then change his mind are we gonna start calling them losers as well? I can understand calling a adult a loser but now we are going as far as calling kids losers as well?..thats just as bad as the parent who berates his or other kids at lil leauge games for doing things that they dont agree with
I don't know anyone in the NBA from a can of worms, so I don't consider any of them to be losers the same way I don't consider Jones to be a loser..I think what he's doing is loser-ish though. I'm sure if they did something dumb, I would say it was loser-ish though, the same way I have with Jones.