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Calipari implies Jones a prize worth winning

As the post below indicated, neither coach UW Lorenzo Romar nor UK coach John Calipari admits any ill will from the recruiting battle that concluded with McDonald's All-American Terrence Jones wearing Kentucky blue.

And when asked about how Jones is doing so far, Calipari's shifts into a mode of pure enthusiasm when talking about the potential he sees, sometimes not even quite having the patience to reach the actual conclusion of an actual sentence:

"I want him to be special; he just wants to play right now," Calipari said this morning. "And so I’ve been on him and even in practice yesterday -- absolutely -- if he understands how hard to play on every possession.

"We’re not just playing basketball. Whoever we play is going to try to take his throw down. We’ll you’ve got a choice: You try to take their throw down, or they try to take your throw down. That’s just how it is. And so you’re not out here to play like it’s just an AAU game. I tell him all the time: 'You were a great AAU player. You know that. This isn’t AAU. This is for real now, and you’ve got to compete at a higher level.'

" I want him to dominate his position. And you all say: He’s 18! How do you want that? Well, I also wanted it (with all my great players). I don’t care about your age. If you’re capable and you’ve got the skill level to dominate: Do it! Don’t give me your excuses, I don’t want to hear it. (Here he alters his voice to mimic a playing whining) ‘Oh, I was trying.’

"I want him to be special. I don’t want him to be just another player.