Tre Jones Talks USA, Duke, & Recruiting

Though only a sophomore, Minnesota lead guard Tre Jones already has an offer from Coach K and the Blue Devils. We spoke with Jones about that, comparisons to his older brother, and how the experience of the Team USA Camp benefitted him.

COLORADO SPRINGS -- One of Duke's early Class of 2018 targets is a familiar face and one that has some recent bloodlines to the Blue Devils. Minnesota native and point guard Tre Jones, the younger brother of former Duke point guard Tyus Jones, has recently picked up a scholarship offer from Coach K and the Blue Devils and he's excited to get the recruiting process going.

Jones told TDD at the USA Basketball junior national team minicamp that Baylor, Duke, Minnesota and Texas Tech are his early scholarship offers.

"It's the same for every offer I receive. It's surreal and truly unbelievable that I have a chance to play at a high Division I school for free," Jones said. "Not a lot of people get that opportunity to do that. I just think about how blessed I am to get an opportunity to do that."

Since he's just entering his sophomore year of high school, Jones isn't focused on recruiting very much except for the general sense of what he wants long-term. The Apple Valley product is more focused on his game for the upcoming season and the opportunity to play in things like USA Basketball.

"It's a great experience. One of the best basketball experiences I've ever been able to have," Jones said of USA Basketball. "It's the top players. Every guy you're going against is as talented as you. You're getting pushed in all ways possible and it makes you a better player."

The comparisons to his brother are going to be obvious -- and Tre displayed a runner similar to Tyus on a few occasions -- but Tre is hoping to establish himself as a better defender the next few years before he enters college.

"I feel like my defensive ability and intensity to get after it on that end [make me unique to my brother]," Tre said." I really focus on that part when it comes to games and practice. If things aren't going on offense, I can always have defense and just go from there."

Tre is also excited that recently his brother returned home, as Tyus is now getting his rookie season started with the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

"It's great to finally have him home again. He was gone for not even a year but it's great to have him home again and to be able to workout with him in the summer time," Tre said. "He's trying to be his own man, so he has his own place and he's staying downtown. But he comes over pretty often and spends time with us like the old times."

Over the next few months, Jones will start to look a little deeper into the recruiting process and Duke is sure to be involved. He's also eyeing a few factors that he feels will be important as time wears on. 

"Good team, history and postseason. Coaching staff, be close to the coaches, especially the head coach," Jones said. "I want to be cool with the campus and be in a gym where there's a great atmosphere."

Currently regarded as the No. 21 overall prospect in Scout.com's Class of 2018 national rankings, the 6-foot-2 Jones is a four-star prospect.


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