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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

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.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.