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2014 No.2 recruit Tyus Jones wants top spot back

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Tyus Jones may have lost his spot as the top ranked prospect from the class of 2014, but the five-star point guard appears determined to reclaim the position from friend Jahlil Okafor.

The 6-foot-1 Jones is ESPN’s No.2 ranked player in the class of 2014, and No.3 on Rival’s list, and his quest to reclaim the consensus No.1 spot began last week with a 25-point performance for his Apple Valley (Minn.) team.

It was a fairly momentous occasion for Jones – the junior surpassed the 20,000 career point mark in Apple Valley’s win over Lakeville North.

The No.1 product from Jones’ class, Jahlil Okafor, talked recently about his planned visit to Michigan State, and the 6-foot-10 big man openly stated he’s looking at the possibility of teaming up with Jones at the collegiate level.

Okafor appears to be leaning towards Michigan State, and has a good relationship with coach Tom Izzo, meaning there’s a good chance Jones joins the program as well.

In a recent interview with Pioneer Press (, Jones revealed the number one factor that will affect his college decision.

“It’s hard to single one thing out. It might be comfort. You want to feel at home, feel comfortable with teammates and coaches, on and off the court. You don’t want to be in a place where you aren’t comfortable,” Jones said.

“If you’re in that situation, you won’t succeed academically, athletically and socially. The education part is critical too.”

Jones looks like a probable future NBA lottery pick. However, his college choice will undoubtedly play a factor in how his career progresses.