Five-star recruit Tre Jones is putting up absurd numbers for Apple Valley (Minn.) Senior so far this season.
Jones, a 6-foot-2 guard and the brother of current Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones, is currently averaging 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
“I’m just trying to keep that up,” Jones said. “I’ve been more of a leader for my team this year because we lost four key players from our team last year so I’ve had to do a whole lot more for my team this year.”
Jones has always been known as a true facilitator, leader and set up man, but he’s also starting to get more comfortable as a scorer.
“Scoring is feeling more comfortable now,” Jones said. “In the off-season, I was working on that a lot, my jump shot a lot, getting into different ways how to score and just being able to have more chances to do that type of stuff now.”
“I feel like it’s becoming easier and easier because before I never really had to,” he added. “So now, having to score more for my team, when opportunities come, I find it easier to do that stuff.”
“It’s really good,” he said. “Still taking it slow but I’m enjoying the process and everything still.”
Jones has already taken a number of unofficial visits. His most recent trip was to Duke just prior to the start of the season.
“It was a blast,” he said. “Cameron Indoor is everything people talk about it, the atmosphere there, their love for the team around campus and everything, I mean it’s unbelievable. Then the team, the coaching staff, and just everyone around there it’s just something special.”
Jones has also been to Minnesota and Arizona. He said he’s hoping to visit Baylor soon and has a trip scheduled to UCLA the weekend of January 21st. Jones said he’s developed a relationship with the UCLA staff.
“They have a great coaching staff, Steve Alford,” Jones said. “Their campus is beautiful. They have a winning tradition. Their team this year is just great. I feel like they have a chance to win it all and they have a great recruiting class coming in next year, so I only see them moving forward from here.”
Although he’s taking visits, Jones said he’s not in a hurry in terms of making a college decision.
“I was thinking either this summer or fall,” Jones said. “I kind of want to do it this summer but I don’t know if I’ll really be ready yet and I take my officials in the summer, early fall.”null