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May 14, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Summer Plans For Jones And Gaddy; Calipari Staying Put

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Washington recruit Terrence Jones (above, right) may not join Husky freshman guard Abdul Gaddy (above, left) this summer on the USA men’s basketball U18 national team.
Jones told me last month that he’s unsure if he’ll play for Team USA and was considering several options.
Jones and Gaddy are two of of 21 players invited to attend the June 14-16 training camp at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Twelve players will be selected to represent the USA in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 championship. They’ll remain in Texas for another training camp June 17-25 before the FIBA games begin June 26-30 in San Antonio.
Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel will coach Team USA and his assistants include: Butler’s Brad Stevens, Saint Mary’s Randy Bennett, Concordia’s Ken Ammann, Francis Flax from Brown Mackie Junior College (Kan.) and Brooks Thompson from the University of Texas at San Antonio
CALIPARI SAYS NO TO NBA:
— Kentucky coach John Calipari tweeted this morning that he’s not leaving the Wildcats even though speculation is running rampant that he’ll coach good buddy LeBron James next season in the NBA.
“I want to address this with the Big Blue Nation one last time, I will be coaching at Kentucky next year. Now let’s finish what we started!” — UKCoachCalipari
Not sure if this will be enough to stop the Calipari-to-the-NBA rumors, but it seems as he’s committed to Kentucky next season.
IN OTHER UK NEWS:
— Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland has voluntary left the coaching staff and will take another position within the team after being charged with drunk driving last month.
Why is this important to UW fans?
Strickland’s departure opens up a spot on the staff and many believe Oregon assistant Kenny Payne is in line for the job. Payne was the lead recruiter for the Ducks who built a solid relationship with Jones.
STILL WAITING ON JONES:
— It’s been two weeks since Jones committed to Washington and there’s still nothing from the school about him signing a national letter of intent.
It seems UW fans are still anxious for the star recruit to join the Huskies. In yesterday’s poll that asked ‘Do you still want Terrence Jones?’ more than 8,500 people participated and 43.5 percent (3,733) respondents replied yes, while 13.6 percent (1,163) voted UW should rescind the offer after May 19.
Judging from some of the posts in the comments sections, many felt the poll was unnecessary or negatively slanted. That’s an interesting take. We’ll have a chance to hash this out in an upcoming Live Chat. I was hoping to hold this off until after recruiting season, but let’s hold a Live Chat next Monday at noon.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
— It’s a little old, but here’s a link to a story about Arizona State losing another player, freshman forward Victor Rudd. He’s the fourth player to leave the Sun Devils.
DENTMON GETS A SHOT AT THE NBA:
It seems as if former UW guard Justin Dentmon, who spent the past season playing in Israel, will play on the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team in Orlando.
Dentmon has been writing a blog detailing his experience of playing overseas.
He writes: “When I first got offered the job here, I wasn’t sure that i wanted to come and live here for an extensive amount of time because I was nervous about the political issues going here and bombings, and i didn’t want to come over the water alone. My agent hat told me a story about one of his players playing and the crowd got a little to hype and someone threw a little bomb on the court and blew off the refs hand, and that was the impression that stuck in my mind when I thought about Israel or anywhere of seas. … My family in needing money was the reason why i decided to come to Israel, or else i would have been in the D league for a year. Since I’ve been here i have gotten pilled over like three times, not pulled over like the stated but flagged down haha with a flush light .They also gave me a breath test to see if i was drinking a driving. I thought it was crazy at the moment.”
ANOTHER PROGRAMMING NOTE:
— Once the recruiting season ends, we’ll take one last look at the 2009-10 season and begin to delve into the 2010-11 campaign. It’s a long offseason, so that gives us plenty of time to explore many topics.
I’ll put out a call for questions and I welcome advise from you guys about what you want from this blog during the dog days of summer. Keep in mind I’m covering other beats and taking vacation. Even still, I’d like to continue the conversation.

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