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April 10, 2010 at 6:09 AM

Jones Practices With Team USA at Nike Hoops Summit

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Had a chance to watch Friday’s practices for the 2010 USA Junior National Select team and the World Select team that will compete in tonight’s Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland.
Both teams worked out at the Portland Trail Blazer practice facility in Tualatin, Ore.
Washington Husky recruit Terrence Jones is one of 10 players who will play in the game for Team USA. It looks as if he’ll come off the bench, but he’s one of the most versatile and explosive players on the team.
Several NBA scouts were on hand and a few told me Jones reminds them of a cross between Marvin Williams and Julian Wright.
Personally, I like the Wright comparison. Not sure if Williams was a versatile as Jones when he was 18.
At times Jones looks gangly and awkward, but he makes plays. He can dribble with either hand and he has a slow three-pointer, but it goes in if he has time to shoot. He has very long arms, which disrupts opponent’s shots. He’s also a quick jumper, which enables him to beat opponents for rebounds.
Jones likes to say he’s a big guard and sure enough, he plays on the wing. Rarely does he venture into the paint or post up on the offensive end.
Jones still plans to announce his college choice either April 23 or 30. His choices are UW, Kentucky, Oregon, UCLA and Oklahoma.
MORE OBSERVATIONS:


— The Team USA probable starters are PG Kyrie Irving (Duke), G Harrison Barnes (North Carolina), G Brandon Knight (undecided), F Patric Young (Florida) and C Jared Sullinger (Ohio State).
— The World Team doesn’t have as many high-profile players as the Americans, but their practice looked crisp and organized.
It’s going to be difficult for Team USA to avenge last year’s 97-89 loss. The Americans had loads of talent last year including Washington’s Abdul Gaddy, Tacoma standout Avery Bradley and Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.
— Former UW recruit Enes Kanter appears to be as good as advertised. He can handle the ball, rebound, pass and shoot. Kanter re-affirmed plans to sign with Kentucky on Wednesday and said he de-committed from Washington when other teams began showing interest. Kanter said he met John Calipari two months ago and quickly bonded with the Kentucky coach.
QUICK OBSERVATIONS:
— Barnes is the real deal. It was obvious after a few minutes that he’s the best player on the court. … It would have been nice to see Sullinger and Young go against each other in practice. … North Carolina has three players on the team including PG Kendall Marshall, G Reggie Bullock and Barnes. … F Tristan Thompson (Texas) is the best player for the World Team. Kanter is arguably its second top player. … FSN is airing the game tape delayed at 2:30 a.m. in the Seattle area.
SATURDAY MORNING LINKS:
— California’s Jerome Randle continues to torch the competition at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. In Friday’s game, he tallied 14 points in 6-for-11 shooting, 10 assists, three rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes. Randle is drawing favorable comparisons to former Seattle-area star Aaron Brooks.
Stanford’s Landry Fields also had a nice outing. He had 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals in a win.

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