After a breakout 2014-15 season, Terrence Jones is hungry for more
06/18/2015 02:51 PM
LEXINGTON — After suffering a frightening nerve injury at the beginning of the season, Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones wondered if he’d even make it back to the court before the end of the 2014-15 year.
But not only did he recover and return, the former Kentucky national champion rebounded to post career numbers and help lead the Rockets to its first Western Conference Finals appearance in 18 years.
Despite missing 49 games, Jones averaged 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest while also posting career highs in blocks (1.8) and three-point field goal percentage (35%).
Jones’ resurgent performance played an integral part in helping Houston overcome a daunting 3-1 series deficit against the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Semifinals before being eliminated by the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
It was the Rockets first arrival to Western Conference Finals in nearly two decades, with its last appearance coming in 1998 against the Utah Jazz.
Terrence took a break from the NBA to return to his collegiate roots on Tuesday by visiting the Camp One basketball camp in Lexington and shared a few minutes with KSTV to talk about his breakout NBA season, expectations for next year, UK players in the upcoming NBA Draft, and a surprising choice for his childhood NBA role model.
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