UNC Offers Jones

North Carolina tracked Tyus Jones throughout the July evaluation period. Late Thursday night the top point guard in the 2014 class picked up a scholarship offer from Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams.

"We were just talking about my play and were talking about North Carolina and the history he has as a coach and the former players that he's had," Jones said of his conversation with Roy Williams. "He thought I could fit into their system and could play for him. He said they had a scholarship for me and that they were extremely interested."

Roy Williams and his staff evaluated Jones, a 6-1 lead guard out of Apple Valley (Minn.) HS, a handful of times during the July evaluation period.

"They really just started to after the June 15th date," Jones said about UNC's interest. "It's been recent. I've been talking to their coaches and really after Peach Jam, I started talking to them a little bit more."

During Jones's conversation with Williams, the UNC head coach discussed the two building a relationship.

"He said that obviously building a relationship with a coach and a player is very important so he wants to do that," Jones said. "That's going to be the focus and hopefully I'll have good interest in North Carolina. That's what they said, they hope I have a good interest in North Carolina."

What is Jones's take on North Carolina?

"I think it's a great basketball school," Jones said. "They have great tradition of course. Coach Williams is a phenomenal coach and they've always had phenomenal players. They've been a top team in the nation for I don't know how many years. They are always up there. So it's definitely a plus to get offers from schools like that."

To date, Jones has taken unofficial visits to Minnesota, Michigan State and Ohio State. While a visit to UNC hasn't been discussed, it is a possibility.

"They are one of the schools that I'm highly interested that would probably come into consideration trying to take an unofficial before official visits start," he said.

Since hitting the scene as a freshman on Howard Pulley, Jones has had a flood of interest from college coaches nationwide. Now, as a junior, Jones is ready to start digging into his recruitment a little more.

"I'm starting to think more about it and take it a little more seriously now," he said. "I haven't started narrowing down my list yet. But I think very soon I will be. By the end of this month, I may begin to do that."

In six games at the Peach Jam - the finals of the prestigious Nike Elite Youth Basketball League - Jones averaged 25.8 points and 6.5 assists.

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