Tyus Jones Recruiting: Apple Valley Sophomore Rising In Rankings, Gaining Scholarship Offers

Apple Valley point guard Tyus Jones is gaining quite a bit of national attention. Along with scholarship offers from all of the major schools, the sophomore is also rising in the national rankings.

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Tyus Jones Is Still In Mix For Minnesota

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are still on five-star basketball recruit Tyus Jones' list, according to 1500 ESPN. Jones, who has been recruited by the Gophers since he was in eighth grade, will visit the campus on Sept. 22.

Jones is the No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2014, according to ESPN.com's Recruiting Nation. The Apple Valley, Minn. point guard is also being actively recruited by North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State and others. Jones is coming off of surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, which he suffered in June, but it didn't stop him from playing summer ball. However, he'll now be in a splint for four weeks after having his stitches removed on Monday.

Jones is part of a Twin Cities recruiting class that is expected to be one of the best that the area has ever seen. Robbinsdale Cooper's Rashad Vaughn has spoken with Jones about the possibility of becoming a "package deal," while DeLasalle's Reid Travis could join those talks soon.

For more information on Gopher basketball and recruiting, visit The Daily Gopher.

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Tyus Jones Recruiting Update Includes No New News

Minnesota high school basketball prep star and top-ranked guard prospect Tyus Jones told the Star-Tribune that there has not been any significant change in the status of his recruiting. Jones confirmed he has paid a visit to Tubby Smith's program at Minnesota, and that the Gopher coaches have maintained steady contact throughout the summer. Jones has also taken visits to Ohio State, Michigan State, and Baylor, and plans on visiting Duke and North Carolina this fall.

Even with those unofficial visits under his belt, Jones indicated he's nowhere near making a decision: He doesn't have any others planned but said he wanted to do as many as he could before the official period starts (January) so he can pick his allotted five wisely.

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He won't say how many will be on the list, but sometime before the high school basketball season starts, Jones plans to start narrowing the cache of interested schools, he said, and go from there.

A potential issue in Jones' recruitment may come from Chicago-based forward Jahlil Okafor. Jones has previously indicated that he and Okafor are planning to play for the same school.

For more information on Gopher basketball and recruiting, visit The Daily Gopher.

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Tyus Jones: Minnesota High Schooler Excelling Internationally

Minnesota high school standout point guard Tyus Jones, the player the Golden Gophers would like to be their point guard of the future, is producing on the international stage for the U.S. U17 team, via Charley Walters of Twincities.com.

On Monday, the United States won the Gran Canaria U17 International Invitational title and Jones led the team in assists.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound nationally recruited point guard, who turned 16 last month, scored eight points and had five assists for the U.S. under-17 team in an 89-64 Gran Canaria tournament win over Australia on Monday in the Canary Islands.

Jones had 10 assists and five steals in a 108-72 victory Sunday over Latvia, during which he scored two points on 1-for-3 shooting in 26 minutes.

Jones and the team will travel to Lithuania on Tuesday. Their first game in the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship will be against Australia on Friday, June 29 at 7:30 a.m. CT, via USA Basketball.

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Minnesota Among Schools To Offer Tyus Jones Scholarships

Sophomore point guard Tyus Jones might be the best point guard in high school basketball nationwide right now, and he's already getting the attention of a lot of big schools with his big play even though he won't be going to play for any of them until 2014. Early on in the CBSSports rankings he's being considered the fourth best player in the class of 2014, and the best PG.

Of course, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are understandably pushing hard to get the young star onto their team in 2014.

Already arguably the best point guard in the nation, he's still got two years to grow into an even better all around player; he would be a superstar from the state to help revitalize the Gophers program which has middled the past several seasons. Jones has indeed chosen Minnesota as one of the first places he's visited, along with Michigan State and Ohio State so far. He's got plenty more offers to look at, though; big schools like Arizona, Duke and Baylor have all offered scholarships to Jones early on.

For his part, Jones hasn't decided yet and doesn't seem anywhere near a final decision, understandable considering the length of time he's still got to take his pick:

"I'm looking at academics, coaching, style of play," Jones said. "And there's a lot of little things that go into it."

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. More news and analysis on college hoops in general can be found over at SB Nation's NCAA Basketball hub.

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Tyus Jones, Minnesota Recruit, Could Hold Key To Golden Gophers' Future

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a big game coming up in the 2012 NIT Tournament, but Apple Valley point guard Tyus Jones could be key recruit for the future.

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