Jones discusses schools, package deal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Following the first session of the USA Basketball Developmental Camp, Tyus Jones, Scout.com's No. 4 ranked recruit, discussed his final schools and the possibility of playing with Jahlil Okafor.

Tyus Jones, Scout.com's No. 4 overall recruit, is gearing up to make his college decision.

"It's going really well," Jones told Scout.com after the first session of the USA Basketball training camp on Saturday. "It's coming down to the final weeks. I'm just getting excited."

Thus far, Jones has only taken one official visit. He visited Baylor the weekend of August 31st.

"It was really good," the Apple Valley (Minn.) Senior standout said of his trip to Waco (Texas). "It was a really good trip. Me and Jahlil (Okafor) went down there at the same time. We had a great trip. I really enjoyed it."

Jones and Okafor, Scout.com's top rated recruit, have two official visits left to take. They'll visit Kansas the weekend of October 18th and then Duke the weekend of October 25th.

What sticks out about Kansas to Jones?

"Kansas, their style of play," he said. "They use a lot of pick and rolls. Just their style of play, pick and rolls, they give their guards freedom and how they use their guards is what I like."

With Duke, Jones is drawn to Mike Krzyzewski.

"They are always successful," Jones said. Coach K is arguably the best coach of all time. You just learn so much from him and playing under him. For myself, he's been able to do well with guards and he produces guards. That's what I like about him.

Perhaps the biggest story in high school basketball is whether Jones and Okafor will end up playing college basketball together. They have discussed a possible package deal for quite some time and Jones says that is still the plan.

"It's still on," Jones said. "We are still planning on doing it. We are going to make it happen."

"I think it's pretty much we are looking at where we both fit in," he added. "Wherever we feel is the best for the both of us. Like I said, we are going to make it work."

When pressed on package deal, Jones said the percentage of them playing together was "99-percent," while Okafor told Scout.com that it was "99.9-percent."

Okafor is down to Baylor, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky. He visited Kentucky for their alumni game on September 9th. Jones, however, canceled his trip to UK.

"I canceled my visit because they got a point guard," Jones said. "I wouldn't necessarily say they are out, but…"

Jones said once he takes his scheduled trips to Kansas and Duke, he wants to settle on a school and sign during the early period.

"I'm going to decide somewhere at the beginning of November," Jones told Scout.com. "I don't have a specific date yet. I'm trying to figure that out. Finishing out these visits and then make a decision."


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