The news was first reported by Pioneer Press staff writer Charlie Walters. [link]
"Tyus Jones, the Apple Valley senior point guard prodigy, said he'll make his highly anticipated college commitment in November. It'll be surprising if he doesn't choose Duke," wrote Walters. "People in the know expect Jones to play two seasons for coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, then declare himself eligible for the NBA draft."
While Jones has yet to tip his hand on the recruiting front in any way, the five star floor general has spoken about his well-documented desire to play next season alongside the nation's top overall prospect, Jahlil Okafor. Jones indicated that after the two players have taken their official visits, they'll sit down as a group to make some decisions.
"We'll sit down with our families, together. I have a great support system around me, so I'll sit down with them and talk it over with them," Jones told TDD.
Last week Okafor told the media that he was "90 percent" sure he and Jones would play together in college, which leaves the possibility of the most heralded potential "package deal" of the class of 2014 not happening. However, Jones says it's semantics more than anything else.
"In the 90s for sure. In the 90s is still a very high, high possibility. Nothing is for certain, and that's why he's saying in the 90s, and that's why I'm saying it's in the 90s. That's just what it is still. Just from talking with reporters I've said it's 99% a couple times, or maybe in the 90s. I don't think [the percentages] are all that big of a deal."
On the court this week, Jones picked up where he left off at the Nike EYBL by leading his Howard Pulley Panther squad to the AAU Super Showcase Championship in Orlando. The Minnesotan scored 20 points and handed out 11 assists as the Panthers defeated E1T1, which included Duke commit Grayson Allen.
Allen added 12 points in the loss.