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UPDATE: I’ll hold a live chat today at 3 p.m. from Portland to talk about the signing scene at Jefferson High.
Just a few more hours until Terrence Jones (above, left) and Terrence Ross (right) are sitting at a table in the middle of Jefferson High’s gymnasium making their college announcements.
You’ve heard from the so-called recruiting experts and the pundits. Now what do you think? Where will they land?
Quick recap: Jones is deciding between Washington, Oregon, UCLA, Kentucky, Kansas and Oklahoma. Ross has UW, Oregon, Kentucky, Kansas and Oklahoma on his list.
Jones has been tight-lipped about his decision, while the major recruiting internet sites believe Ross will choose the Huskies.
I’m heading to Portland for the 3:30 p.m. news conference so check back and I’ll post their decisions and comments from both guys here and via Twitter.
Whatever happens, it should be an eventful day.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Jones is the lead story on ESPN.com men’s basketball recruiting page today. Nothing new in this story, but it’s a nice recap of Jones’ recruitment.
— Here’s an interesting story with a Kentucky perspective on Jones.
— Rivals.com releases its final 2010 rankings. Check out who’s third on the list. Jones is 13 and Ross 48. UW newcomers Desmond Simmons and Aziz N’Diaye are not ranked.
— If you think the Jones-Ross news conference today is over the top, get ready for Tony Wroten Jr. The Garfield High junior isn’t sure how he’s going to make his college announcement, but he promised ESPN Rise that it’s going to be special.
Said Wroten: “I’m telling you, it’s gonna be good. I honestly don’t even know what I’m gonna do yet, but it’s gonna be creative and all of that. I’m pretty sure it will be on TV, too. It’s gonna be memorable. … I have plenty of time to think because I don’t see myself committing anytime soon. When I’m ready, y’all better be ready.”
— On its subscription site, Scout.com says San Diego recruit Angelo Chol has narrowed his choices to Kansas, Connecticut, Washington, Alabama and Georgetown. He is a 6-8 junior center.
— Fanhouse.com tabs the Huskies as the Pac-10 favorite next season.
— Not sure how this is going to work, but the basketball team will throw out the first pitch at the Mariners game on May 7. I’m guessing they entire team will be behind the mound and someone – coach Lorenzo Romar maybe – will actually toss the ball to home plate. It should make for interesting viewing.
— Romar, Isaiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy will appear with football coach Steve Sarkisian at a May 11 Huskies Celebrating Huskies outreach event in Tacoma designed to bring UW coaches, staff and student-athletes closer to the fans that support the school’s athletics program. The event begins at 6 p.m. and the cost is $60 for general admission, $20 for kids. Similar events are planned for Portland (May 13), Bellingham (May 18) and Yakima (May 20).
— Must-read story on SI.com involving Kentucky, coach John Calipari and five-star recruit Brandon Knight. It seems Knight never signed a letter of intent with UK and signed an aid agreement, which allows him to walk away from the Wildcats at any time without penalty. This story speculates Calipari will bolt to the NBA this summer to coach good buddy LeBron James.
— It’s official. The NCAA tournament is now 68 teams. The Division I Board of Directors officially approved expansion yesterday. The 68-team field will include four play-in games prior to the first round, though the exact format will be determined by the men’s basketball committee and finalized in the next two months, according to the NCAA. The changes go into effect 2011.