Jones has successful year

It was an excellent sophomore season for Tyus Jones who more than lived up to his five-star billing.

There might not be a finer point guard in the country than Apple Valley (Minn.) High School standout Tyus Jones. The class of 2014 prospect is already one of the hottest commodities on the recruiting trail, and he just completed a very successful sophomore season.

"I think I had a good high school year," said Jones. "We went 25-6 and we competed hard this year. I feel I played well and played a bigger role this year, and I adapted well. Overall I would say this season was a success."

At 6-feet tall with excellent quickness, great floor vision, and the ability to make shots, Jones said his focus this year was on improving the intangibles that set some point guards apart from the rest.

"I was focused on becoming more of a leader," said Jones. "I wanted to be more vocal because I know a point guard has to be a leader on the floor. It just means being more vocal and also focusing on defense. The little things like boxing out were a focus for me."

Not surprisingly the No. 5 prospect in the 2014 has a big time list of schools showing him significant attention.

"As of recently I would say Michigan State, Ohio State, Minnesota, Arizona, Duke, Baylor, and Iowa have all been up a couple of times," listed Jones.

For Jones, Michigan State is a school he has seen a lot of, and is very impressed with the success of the program as well as Head Coach Tom Izzo.

"Michigan State is a winning program," said Jones. "Coach Izzo is a phenomenal coach who always has his team ready, and they compete. They go to the Final Four like one out of every four years, and I like their style of play a lot."

Along with the Spartans, the Buckeyes of Ohio State have also made him a priority.

"Ohio State, I like them quite a bit," explained Jones. "Coach Matta is a real good coach and I have a good relationship with him. They let their point guards be leaders on the floor. It looks like their point guard has freedom to make calls and play their game. I think that is good for me and good for any point guard."

Another school that typically gets a lot of mention in Jones' recruitment is Duke. The Blue Devils have made him a top priority very early on, and the program has impressed Jones quite a bit.

"To be recruited by Duke is a great feeling, a humbling feeling," said Jones. "Coach K is one of the best coaches of all time. I like Duke a lot. They always have great guards and Coach K really does a great job of with them. Coach K is a great guy and a great coach, and I really like talking to him."

Also out west the Arizona Wildcats are looking to make a big impression on Jones with their tradition of developing quality point guards.

"Coach (Sean) Miller is a younger coach, and he is looking to get guys in there who want to compete," said Jones. "Arizona has been known for their point guards and they like to get out and run. I think their style fits me very well."

While many times it is hyperbole to call an underclassman the best at his position in the country, but that might just be the case with Jones. For Jones when he hears that it only makes him want to work harder.

"It is very humbling," he explained. "It is always good to know that people have good things to say about you. It makes me want to work that much harder to make sure I am the best that I can be. You always want to play at a level that is up to the best of your ability."

For now Jones is taking everything slowly and focusing more on his game than his recruitment. He will be running this summer with Howard Pulley on the Nike EYBL circuit and also will try out for the USA Basketball U-17 National Team which will compete in Lithuania.

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