Uploaded on 1 August, 2013
Tyus Jones, the no. 3 overall prospect in the ESPN 100 for class of 2014, is one of the most exciting high school basketball players in the nation. A talented point guard out of Apple Valley High School (Apple Valley, MN) already has the potential and the mindset to be a star at every level in the future. If you talk about a true player at his position, Tyus Jones is the prototype point guard. He is what we refer to as a “pass-first” point guard. Jones is just one of those player who likes to help get his teammates involved and make them better. However, don’t disregard his offensive skills just because he likes to his unselfishness. He is a very special scoring guard who has the ability to takeover the game at any moment. Because of his passing skills, he can pull off the fake pass and take advantage off that for his offensive game. He has a great off the dribble jump shot and the potential to get in the lane and finish strong at the rim. Jones is not the most explosive, athletic nor the strongest guard, but he is intelligent, balanced, skilled and deliberate. At 6’1, 171, he probably won’t make the most athletic dunks or the flashiest plays in a game, but he will amaze you with his brilliant passing ability and score in many different ways. Whether it’s with his range, floater or just strong finishes in the paint. He is not the athletic, Derrick Rose-type/Russell Westbrook “score-first” point guard nor is he quick as Tony Parker, but he is just a gifted special player who is a unique play maker in his own rights. He will bring a style to the NCAA that will make all appreciate the passing game.
Tyus Jones was the starting point guard for the USA basketball developmental league who won the FIBA U-16 World Champions in Mexico City in 2011 and in Lithuania last year. He was a huge reason for that team’s success both years. This player from the Twin Cities is a star in the making in this country. As a sophomore in 2011-12 at Apple Valley, he averaged 28.1 ppg., 4.8 rpg., 8.0 apg. and 3.4 spg. as the Eagles finished with a 23-6 record and advanced to the Minnesota Class 4A sectional finals. In his junior campaign he led the Eagles to a MN state championship while setting the school’s all-time scoring record as a junior.
Apart from his basketball skills, Tyus Jones is a very smart athlete inside the classroom as well. Jones has maintained a 3.17 GPA and shown exemplary character; he has volunteered locally on behalf of Feed My Starving Children and as a motivational speaker for elementary school children.
Every school would obviously love to have him play there but he has narrowed it to down to his last seven schools. Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan State, and Ohio State has a chance to land this young star. Tyus Jones is a star in the making, he will be a big time player in college and has every skill to be a great player in the NBA.