Eighth Grader Tyus Jones Attends Gopher Game

Tyus Jones, a 6-foot, eighth grade point guard from Apple Valley who is considered one of the state's top players in the Class of 2014, attended his second Minnesota Gopher home game Saturday versus Michigan State. GoldenSports.Net watched Jones play Chaska Tuesday night as he finished with 23 points, six assists and six rebounds in a 81-69 win.

Tyus Jones attended this weekend's Minnesota game versus Michigan State. He had been a visitor at the St. Joseph's game.

Jones is having an outstanding campaign as he is averaging 15.3 points and 8.7 assists per game as the Eagles have gotten off to a 12-3 start.

Jones told GoldenSports.Net that he enjoyed his visit to the Minnesota game.

"They invited us down to the locker room and that was cool. Very exciting. It was a good time."

Jones wasn't the only eighth grader who was invited to the Gopher game Saturday. Ian Theisen, a 6-foot-7 center from Osseo, also attended the Big Ten contest.

"We are a pretty good friends and it was exciting to see him there as well."

Jones is happy about the team's play in the tough Lake Conference.

"We are coming together as a team. We are playing good team basketball. It is not just a bunch of individual play. We are bonding as a team which is important as we go deeper into the season. We played very well tonight. We had a chance to pull away, but we eventually did at the end of the game. It was good win for us."

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.

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