Jones Selected 24th By Cavaliers

Tyus Jones was picked with the 24th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Duke's Tyus Jones, the 2015 Final Four and South Regional Most Outstanding Player, was selected with the No. 24 overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday. The Apple Valley, Minn., native was then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for two second round picks.

Jones is the 31st first round selection under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Jones, an All-ACC third team honoree, averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game during his freshman season. For his efforts, Jones received a number of awards, including being named to the All-ACC Freshman Team and the USBWA All-District III Team. He was also tabbed the ACC Rookie of the Week four times throughout the season and the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week once.

Jones made an immediate impact for the Blue Devils upon arriving in Durham, ranking among the all-time best Duke freshman in a number of categories. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.86:1 marked a Duke rookie record, while his 217 total assists ranked third. Jones also became just the second freshman in Duke history to score 400 points and register 200 assists in his rookie season, concluding his career with 461 points and 217 assists. Jones shot 88.9 percent from the free throw line, which sits third on Duke’s freshman list, as well, while his 144 made free throws ranks second. Among his conference counterparts, Jones ranked second in free throw percentage and assists (5.56 apg.) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio.

Jones concluded his tremendous season by becoming just the fourth freshman in NCAA Tournament history to receive Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors. The Apple Valley, Minn., native helped guide the Blue Devils to their fifth national championship title by averaging 13.0 points, 4.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.2 rebounds per game in the NCAA Tournament. Jones proved a reliable scorer from the free throw line, converting 22-of-24 (.917) attempts from the charity stripe. Jones connected on all seven free throw attempts and scored a game-high 23 points in the national championship game against Wisconsin. Jones also hit two key three-pointers in the waning minutes of the national title game, giving Duke the lead and then putting the game out of reach against the Badgers.


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