Eighth Grader Tyus Jones Attracts Early Looks

Tyus Jones, a 6-foot, eighth grade point guard from Apple Valley, is considered one of the state's top players in the Class of 2014. Minnesota head coach Tubby Smirh and director of operations Joe Esposito attended the Eagles' season opener versus St. Louis Park. GoldenSports.Net watched Jones play Lakeville South as he finished with eleven points, 13 assists and seven rebounds in a 75-62 win.

Tyus Jones helped lead the Magic Elite to the 14-and-under title in Orlando and he was named MVP.

Jones comes from a basketball family. His father, Rob, played at Wisconsin-Parkside from 1983-87 and had contemplated a transfer to Minnesota before the Mitch Lee scandal. His mother, Deb, played for Lake Region State College and his aunt played on three national champions at North Dakota State. His uncle Al Nuness is a former Minnesota Gopher player and coach and his cousins, Jared, played at Valparaiso and Jordan, played for both Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth.

His half brother Reggie Bunch was an All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection at NAIA power Robert Morris last season. Bunch attended Racine (WI) St. Catherine with current Gopher Devron Bostick. Older brother, Jadee, played at Furman and Minnesota Mankato and many followers of the Pulley AAU program and summer league can remember Tyus and his younger brother running on the court seemingly during every break and halftime to shoot hoops.

Jones had eleven points and six assists in the season opener versus St. Louis Park and had eleven points, 13 assists and seven rebounds as he made five of twelve from the field and one of three from beyond the arc against Lakeville South.

Jones told GoldenSports.Net that he is working hard to improve as a player.

"Getting in the gym as much as I can. Working on my shooting and ballhandling and becoming a better player."

Jones is determined to keep a level head, despite receiving plenty of recent attention, including a visit from Coach Smith.

"I didn't know that they were there. Someone had to tell me after the game."

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