With Andrew Wiggins reclassiflying to the class of 2013, Tyus Jones is the new No. 1 prospect for the class of 2014. Jones is currently a junior at Apple Valley High School in Minnesota.
Jones stands at 6’1″ and weighs in at 170 pounds. Jones, a point guard, is extremely calm and mature while out on the courts. He is not one that will crack under pressure. With Jones being the #1 recruit in his class, you would expect him to be a big time scorer. However, he is not one who will put up big numbers in the scoring column night in and night out. Jones is so good because he makes everyone of his teammates better out on the court.
The point guard from Minnesota has received numerous offers from big time Division I schools. These schools include; Duke, North Carolina, Baylor, Kansas, Georgetown, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Kentucky, and Stanford.
Of these 10 schools, the two ACC schools are on top of Jones’ list. Duke and North Carolina are in another battle now, but this one is on the recruiting stage. Jones will be visiting both of these schools shortly.
A major factor that could turn Jones to lean towards joining Roy Williams’ squad is the recruitment of talented high school juinor, center Jahlil Okafor.
Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor have played at high levels together already, and would like to continue to do so in college. Winning the gold medal in the Fiba U17 tournament with team USA, the two phenomenal athletes built great chemistry together. Jones stated that he was serious about playing together and feels it will happen according to TwinCities.com.
With Jones and Okafor wanting to play college ball together, the two need to be recruited by the same school. Roy Williams has already offered both of these players scholarships.
Michigan State and Ohio State are the other two schools that have offered both players scholarships already.
Tyus Jones would be the perfect fit for the Tar Heels at point guard. Coach Williams is always big on recruiting the best point guards out there. Williams has helped develop the likes of Raymond Felton, Ty Lawson, and Kendall Marshall, and is in the midst of making freshman Marcus Paige a phenom as well.
If Jones was to go to Duke, he would be extremely efficient at creating open jump shots for his teammates. Duke, known as an outside shooting team, never has really had a true point guard to help create open shots for their shooters. With Jones at the point, Duke would be a much better team.
Jones has talked about both schools, and said that the Cameron Crazies will certainty have an impact on his decision. This statement is obviously a big plus for the Duke organization.
Regardless if he does end up landing at either Duke or North Carolina, the ACC will be picking up a tremendous player.
Jones probably won’t be making his decision right away, as he is very far behind on his visits. Jones’ decision is one anticipated by many fans, coaches, and players.