by Brian Lester
Terrence Jones didn’t spend his summer chilling with friends all of the time. He didn’t see intense off-season workouts as an optional way to spend his free time.
The offseason was all about getting better, about improving to the point where he could be the guy who was going to lead the University of Kentucky to complete the job it failed to get done last April in Houston.
Jones still remembers 56-55. It was the score of the Wildcats’ national semifinal loss to eventual national champion Connecticut at Reliant Stadium.
The loss was ugly. Jones scored 11 points and 15 rebounds, but the double-double was no consolation prize for the 6-9, 252-pound star out of Portland.
As a team, the Wildcats shot a miserable 33.9 percent on their way to a disappointing end to a 29-9 campaign. The pain of that setback, which crushed Kentucky’s dream of its first title since 1998, drove Jones to the point where he passed on NBA riches for another shot at college hoops glory.
And for Jo...