He has not yet made his committment to Duke University, but eighth grader Tre Jones made a bit of a statement Thursday night that Apple Valley (MN) is not all about older brother Tyus Jones. The older Jones gave his little bro some love on twitter after the game.
And yes yal saw my lil brother @trejones03 hooping tonight. He next…
— Tyus Jones (@Tyusjones06) December 13, 2013
The little Jones was spectacular on defense for a second half stretch the almost got Apple Valley back into the game, but the older Jones had his fair share of deflections and steals as well. Tre even ran the point when Whitney Young (IL) was playing zone because they were trying to get Tyus some open shots from the perimeter and you can bet that it paid off; we even saw the rare four-point play that seemed to be swinging momentum back into their favor. It ultimately was not quite enough, but the effort was impressive in and of itself.
Good observation below from Miles Simon.
Man how many deflections does tyus jones have. Great hands and anticipation. Keeps his hands up and active.
— Miles Simon (@milessimon) December 13, 2013
Jones is committed to the duke Blue Devils with the top ranked player in the 2014 Jahlil Okafor, who ironically enough the point guard was facing off against on Thursday. Okafor got the best of Jones in that one, but then their families went out to dinner so you know that it is all love.
It was a thrilling night of basketball that actually just re-watched last night. My main takeaways? That Okafor was the best player on the floor who commands a double-team and Jones is a knock down jump shooter. You can already see how the Blue Devils are going to be a spacing nightmare next season, and these two cannot join the same team soon enough for me.
Keep an eye out for a piece on Stanley Johnson later today as well as what Okafor thought of the win on Thursday.