MDAA: Tyus Jones preparing for ACC play

As the next great point guard to play under Coach K at Duke, Minnesota-native Tyus Jones is preparing for the rigors of the ACC with a week of McDonald's All-American practices and Wednesday night's game.

The 6-foot-1 Jones spoke to TDD at the McDonald's All-American Game's media day on Tuesday and the point guard has enjoyed the practices so far because he's surrounded by tremendous players as a floor general. The competitive Jones also is benefitting from matching up with other top point guards.

"It's great, you can't do anything but get better when you're going against the best," Jones said to TDD. "I love the practices and I think they've been going really well. I think each and every player that's been selected for this game can score the ball, can pass the ball and do something extremely well so you have to be ready."

One of the benefits of the McDonald's All-American experience for Tyus Jones thus far has been bonding with three of his future Duke teammates in Grayson Allen, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor.

"Those are three great guys, not only on the court but off the court as well," Jones said. "We bond extremely well off the court -- the four of us. So being at an event like this and hanging out, just gets us that much more excited to get to Duke and get on campus to start all the workouts for next year. It's great having those guys at this event with me."

With the end of the high school year coming and summer workouts beginning soon, Jones is also really anxious to move out East and get his college career started.

"I'm excited for it. Going into the Duke system, I feel like that was a system that fit me. That's part of the reason I decided to go there," Jones said. "So I'm excited to get to campus to work and just get into the rhythm of things and the flow of things and I'm really looking forward to it."

In speaking with Duke coaches recently, Jones has been hearing what the staff has to say in order to prepare for playing in the ACC. That includes what amounts to a normal routine for him.

"What I can work on right now is getting stronger. At the next level up, all the guys get bigger and stronger," Jones said. "Keep getting up shots and just really stay in the gym; which I don't think I've ever had a problem with. And in terms of next year I'm trying to go in there and work hard and trying to do the best I can."

Jones and Winslow will represent the East Team on Wednesday night when the games tips off at the United Center in Chicago.

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