Tyus Jones capped off his junior year in a big way.
The nation’s No. 2-ranked player in the junior class and top-ranked point guard had an epic performance in Minnesota’s state title game.
He scored 26 points, and notably went 18 of 18 from the free-throw line. He also pitched in 11 rebounds and eight assists, while leading the Apple Valley Eagles to a 74-57 victory over Park Center.
“He became a schoolboy legend tonight,” Eagles coach Zach Goring said. “He is a closer.”
The victory was Apple Valley’s 30th in a row this season.
“It was all of the pressure from myself, and from others, escaping from me,” Jones said. “It is a dream come true to do this with my buddies. Back in traveling basketball, we knew we were capable of doing this someday. We finally got over that hump and made it happen.”
There were many notables in the crowd watching Jones including Mike Izzo and Flip Saunders.
“Having the top-ranked kid in the country comes with pressure,” Goring said. “His teammates have had to step up to help get us here. I wanted everyone to be able to see what a special player and person that Tyus is. He led his buddies to this championship.”
I’m sure Mike Izzo hopes that Jones can one day have the same type of impact and lead his new buddies to an NCCA championship.