Duke Basketball: Tyus Jones Will Be Freshman Star Next Season

By Gregory Philson
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The Duke Blue Devils‘ early exit from the 2014 NCAA tournament revealed a lot of flaws with the team and one of the biggest ones will be addressed when highly-touted point guard Tyus Jones makes his way to Durham next season.

Jones is considered one of the best players at his position because of his feel for the game, his court vision and his ability to get other players involved with ease. Jones will have a lot to chose from with the other freshmen coming in and he could be a stand out very early on because he will be able to find Grayson Allen for open 3-pointers and Jahlil Okafor for alley-oops. Jones has to be making Devils’ fans excited because of the amount of highlight-reel plays he will start. Jones is also a strong outside shooter and will force opposing teams to stay close to him outside the arc. His shooting will make it even easier for him to find teammates. Jones and Allen will be a potent combination of excellent shooting and driving ability.

Duke needed some flash this past season and Jones can definitely provide that. His defense is questionable and it will have to improve because of how much importance PG defense is to coach Mike Krzyzewski‘s scheme.

Duke did not have a true passer in the 2013-14 season and it was a major reason for the disappointing season, but if Jones comes anywhere close to the hype that is built around him, the Blue Devils will once again be a threat for a national title.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC basketball writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.



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