According to an online Seattle Times poll, four times as many Washington fans would drive to Portland to watch him sign his letter of intent as would like to see the Huskies rescind the scholarship offer and move onto other prospects.
The poll comes just six days before Wednesday's deadline by which Jones must sign a letter of intent with the school of his choice. The 6-foot-8 senior forward hasn't given any hints whether he'll stick with Washington or opt for Kentucky, coyly telling his twitter followers that he's "sooo tired lets like i gotta fall asleep still being a cool Cat! wit alot of Dawg in me!"
Jones, Rivals.com's 13th-ranked prospect in the class of 2010, was already the last unsigned elite prospect in the senior class even before his press conference. He'd be an instant starter and difference-maker at either Washington or Kentucky, potentially replacing star Quincy Pondexter at power forward for the Huskies or moving into Patrick Patterson's former spot for the Wildcats.
They've reportedly offered a scholarship to unsigned forward Kadeem Jack, who initially planned to go to prep school but has now changed his mind as a result of late interest from the Wildcats and North Carolina. Kyle Cain, who backed out of a commitment to Rhode Island earlier this month and has drawn interest from the likes of Illinois and Gonzaga, is also an option.
Presumably the Jones saga will come to an end within the next week, but there is one way it could drag on through the summer months. Instead of signing a letter of intent, Jones could opt for a financial aid agreement, which is a non-binding contract that can be signed at any time.
No decision until August? This should be about what's best for Jones, but let's hope not.
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