Terrence Jones might not have been playing coy with his recruitment all along because when he sat down at his Friday news conference to announce his college choice the Portland (Ore.) Jefferson power forward admitted he still didn't know which school he'd pick.
Hats from Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and UCLA were on the table at his high school and Jones, a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, picked Washington, citing his relationship with coach Lorenzo Romar as a big reason why he picked the Huskies.
More than 25,000 viewers watched the announcement, according to Oregonlive.com.
"It's an established school," Jones said. "I wanted to be close to home. … Like I've been saying since the eighth grade, I wanted to play with Terrence Ross."
Jones kept everyone in limbo during his decision process, even those close to him, until the final moments when he put on a black Washington hat during his news conference. His situation didn't seem like a publicity ploy, either, because Jones said before he made his decision that he still had not made his mind up.
"No one knows because I haven't made a decision yet," Jones said before he announced his decision. "This is me picking right here."
It was a tough decision because before Jones, rated as the third-best power forward and No. 13 prospect overall by Rivals.com, picked Washington, he thanked all the head coaches from the other schools recruiting him - Kansas' Bill Self, Kentucky's John Calipari, Oklahoma's Jeff Capel, former Oregon coach Ernie Kent and UCLA's Ben Howland.
Jones, who showed up in a black suit, thanked all his teammates and coaches at Portland Jefferson while getting teary-eyed before making his announcement.
When word leaked earlier this week that Ross would be picking the Huskies it came as no surprise that Jones would join him in Washington's class. Minutes before Jones' announcement, Ross showed up in a Washington hat and announced for the Huskies.
What made Jones' decision even more intriguing was that he was the last of the top 44 players by Rivals.com to announce his college decision. Plus, he didn't make himself readily available for interviews so it made it difficult to decipher which school really led for his services.
Jefferson teammate Stephen Madison announced for Idaho before Ross or Jones took to the microphone.