Jones hearing from three

Tre Jones has three schools recruiting him early. The 2018 point guard from Minnesota breaks down his game and recruitment.

One of the biggest surprises of the USA 16u Trials in Colorado Springs was 2018 Apple Valley (Minn.) point guard Tre Jones.

Even though he’s the younger brother of Duke title winner Tyus Jones, Tre had mostly flown under the radar as a freshman.

However, he showed up at the USA event, outplayed many of his peers and ended up making the team due to his basketball IQ, skill set, unselfishness and competitiveness.

“I’m a pretty good facilitator; I try to get my team involved,” Tre said. “On defense I like to help my team by communicating on the defensive end and also getting deflections and rebounds. I want to get the ball as early as possible so we can push and get an easy bucket.”

Jones still has a few areas of his game he’s working hard on.

“I need to work on being a much better leader, my defense, and I’m working on my shot a lot too,” he said.

Tyus Jones was considered an elite prospect from the day he showed up to Apple Valley High School and Tre is learning to deal with the expectations that his older brother’s success will no doubt provide him.

“There’s a little bit (of pressure) because everyone compares me to him,” Tre said. “I just have to ignore that stuff. I’m not going to do everything that he does and maybe I’ll do some things that he didn’t do. I just have to ignore when people compare us.”

Tyus has given Tre some advice that he’s taking to heart.

“He tells me to stay humble, not let the pressure ever get to you and to work hard because it always pays off,” Tre said.

Tre’s recruitment is still in the beginning stages, with Texas Tech having offered and Marquette and Minnesota both showing interest.

The rising sophomore broke down the three schools recruiting him.

Texas Tech: “They’re a really young team; they had five freshmen last year and I think three of them started. Hopefully they can keep bringing in young guys and turn that program around.”

Marquette: “I like their coach, (Steve) Wojciechowski; he used to be an assistant at Duke so I know him a little bit. He’s a really good guy.”

Minnesota: “It’s close to home and they’re in the Big Ten. Coach (Richard) Pitino is a really good guy and I like their coaching staff a lot.”

There are going to be obvious questions about whether or not Duke will end up recruiting Tre, but it’s just one of several schools he wants to hear from.

“I hope so but I hope every team does because it means I’ve been successful,” he said. “I’m open to anything.”

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