Here is a hint to any young players out there who have big dreams. Practice your free throws.
Duke Blue Devils commit Tyus Jones was perfect from the line in his latest victory for Apple Valley (MN) and that was not even the most impressive thing that he accomplished on the court. Much thanks to Ryan James for tweeting out the point guard’s stat line, and the all around game is quite impressive from the floor general.
Tyus Jones shot 12 of 16 from the floor, 3 of 4 at arc, and 7 of 7 at foul line for his 34pts. Brock Bertram added 14, Robert Tobroxen 12pts
— Ryan James (@RyanJamesMN) December 28, 2013
Jones will be heading to Durham next season along with his good buddy Jahlil Okafor, who just so happens to be the next big thing in basketball. The Chicago Magazine piece on him recently is quite excellent, and paints a beautiful portrait of how the center got to be where he is today; he has lived through some truly troubling circumstances and it he is a remarkably humble young man for how talented he is.
The two of them together will be a special thing, and the spacing issues are going to be a fascinating thing to keep an eye on. These two are going to drive college basketball coaches absolutely mad next season, and you can bet will be DVRing every game that it is possible to record.
Couple more Prep pieces flying at you later today, and then might just have to go get up some free throws myself. Much thanks to Jones for the inspiration, and quite excited to cover the point guard’s quest for a second state title here at Rant Sports Prep.