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Husky Men's Basketball

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May 20, 2010 at 5:40 AM

Does Losing Kanter, Jones Hurt UW’s Chances With Wroten?

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Maybe in the next few days, Terrence Jones (above) will explain what happened last night and over the past three weeks.
One day he was a Washington Husky commit who wore a black tuxedo and matching black UW baseball cap while talking proudly about playing for coach Lorenzo Romar and reuniting with his good buddy Terrence Ross.
And last night, there’s a report out of Louisville, Ky that he’s signed recruiting papers with the Kentucky Wildcats.
Perhaps learning a lesson from the April 30 press conference when he initially announced his college choice, Jones signed a non-binding financial aid package in private at his mother’s home in Portland and no one from his inner group has spoken publicly.
In this era, Twitter posts are the modern-day press release and Jones apparently communicated a couple of messages to the UW fans last night in a pair of tweets.
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Either way 1fan base was gonna hate me ….sooo how much wud u careless than a minute ago via txt


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yeah most hated player n 2010 goes 2 meless than a minute ago via web


Not sure if anyone actually hates Jones, but the Maui Invitational just got a little more interesting. Kentucky and Washington are two of eight teams in a loaded field that includes Michigan State, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Virginia. It would be delicious irony if the Huskies and Wildcats met in the championship game.
The other interesting element in all of this is this is the start of a rivalry between Washington and Kentucky, a pair of schools that didn’t have much of a history until the Wildcats snared UW commits Enes Kanter and Jones.
In the coming months, the schools will battle for Garfield High standout Tony Wroten Jr., (below) who is arguably a bigger prize than Kanter and Jones.
If you thought things were strange over the past few months, brace yourself for this next go-around.
It was going to be difficult for Washington to secure Wroten even if the Huskies had Jones on the roster because Wroten has he wouldn’t mind leaving the Northwest. Also there’s the so-called Lorenzo Romar-Seattle Rotary riff that’s often talked about on message boards and in the comments section of this blog, but none of the key figures will discuss it.
Landing Wroten won’t be easy. It’s highly unlikely he’ll sign in the early fall early period and will likely prolong the recruiting process until the final day just like Jones. And when it’s all said and done, he may also opt for a financial aid agreement, which may become a trend among the superstar recruits.
It will be interesting to see how Washington handles Wroten. He’s the type of recruit who could potentially open many doors for the Huskies in their own backyard. However, there’s also a downside. Romar could invest a lot of time and energy and ultimately wind up being disappointed when the recruiting period ends. Once again.
Perhaps the real question the Huskies and their recruits must ask is, has Romar elevated the program to a level where Washington can sign top 10-caliber recruits?
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Photo credit: Seattle Times Mike Siegel

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