UNC Basketball

Tyus Jones: Minnesota 2014 Point Guard to Visit North Carolina

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Jon HancockSenior Analyst IAugust 24, 2012

The University of North Carolina's head coach Roy Williams has yet to pick up a commit for the 2014 class, although he has two locked up for 2013. After a busy summer evaluating prospects, the Tar Heel coaches are starting to set up visits to try to reel in commits. According to Ryan James of Rivals.com, highly recruited junior Tyus Jones will visit Chapel Hill in October.

Jones is a 6'1" point guard from Apple Valley High School in Minnesota. He has offers from 10 Division 1 colleges including Arizona, Kentucky, Baylor, North Carolina, Indiana and Duke. Jones is ranked the second best player by ESPN.com and is ranked the best point guard in the 2014 class by Scout.com.

After watching Jones this summer in AAU basketball, Brian Snow of Scout.com said of the 5-star recruit:

"Jones is the consummate floor general. He doesn’t have elite size or freakish athleticism, but his total skill set combined makes him an off the charts prospects. His understanding of the game is impressive, and at 6-foot-1 he can make plays in the lane. Using ball screens he is absolutely unstoppable, and then he sees the floor extremely well. Quite simply Jones never turns the ball over and has the ability to make all of his teammates better. Very few point guards in recent memory have been able to control the game the way he does."

Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, both of whom have offers from UNC, are wanting to attend college together. The two played with and helped Team USA win gold in Lithuania at the FIBA U17 Championship. Jones told TwinCities.com of the chance of them playing together, "We're most definitely excited to do it. We're very serious about doing it and think it's going to happen."

Okafor is a 6'9", 270 lb center from Whitney Young High School in Chicago, Illinois. The 5-star big man is ranked the second best player by Rivals.com and is rated the best center in the 2014 class by 247sports.com. He has offers from 14 Division 1 schools including Louisville, Florida, UNC, Ohio State, UCLA and Michigan State.

ESPN says of Okafor:

"In a loaded class for Chicago prospects, Okafor ranks as easily one of the most promising not just in his state but nationally. This blossoming wide body center is blessed with size, girth, length and mobility."

Coach Roy Williams was not happy with the way the Tar Heels season ended last year, losing to Kansas in the Elite Eight. Williams said last season was, “a great, great year with a very sad ending.” After being at UNC for eight years and winning two national championships, Williams is still wanting more. He knows the best way to do that is to get the best players in the country.

Tyus Jones will also visit Duke, Baylor and Kentucky in the coming months.

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