Terrance Jones, Lake Clifton, basketball

Q&A --

February 07, 2007|By LEM SATTERFIELD

Senior guard Terrance Jones has led Lake Clifton to victories in 12 of its first 15 games and the top spot in Baltimore City's Division I. A three-year starter who has seen action at every position but center, Jones, 6 feet 3, averages 16 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Lakers, who went 15-9 last season and lost in the Class 3A North regional semifinals. As a junior, Jones caught 24 passes for more than 600 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the Lakers' football team to a 7-3 regular-season record and a playoff berth. A B-average student who pitched and played shortstop for the baseball team, Jones did not play football this past fall to concentrate on basketball.

Was it tough giving up football?

The reason it was so tough is that we lost to City in the football playoffs [in 2005], and I wanted to return because I didn't like how things ended. But I sat down with my mother [Taegan Hicks], my [Amateur Athletic Union] coach Anthony Lewis and Coach Tree [Lake Clifton basketball coach Herman Harried] and decided not to. My football coach didn't agree at first, but he understood later that basketball's my first love.

Has your role on the team changed from last year?

Last year, we were less experienced and I had to produce more individually. This year, I've switched from forward to focusing on being a point guard. We have a three-guard rotation that allows me to distribute more and get people into the flow offensively.

What was your most rewarding game?

We played Dunbar, and I felt I had a complete game with 16 points, eight assists, six rebounds. It's the first time I've experienced beating Dunbar.

Talk about last year's injury and last year's overtime win over City.

I had sat out five games with a thigh injury and Coach Tree still wasn't playing me in a game we were losing - even though I had a doctor's note. I kept begging him to put me in, but Coach Tree has really helped me to mature into manhood on and off the court and didn't think I was ready, didn't want to risk the rest of my season on one game. He put me in when we trailed by 12 with four minutes left, and I scored our last 10 points in regulation and six more in overtime. We won.

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