Tyus Jones, the highly touted 5-star point guard prospect out of Apple Valley (Minn.) High School, announced Friday that he has decided to play college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils.
Sportscenter's Twitter feed broke the news:
Jones has all the characteristics of a prototypical, pure point guard. His precocious basketball instincts and court vision allow him to be very efficient and elevate the play of his supporting cast.
Although he is considered a pass-first player, Jones did score 20.9 points per contest as a junior, per ESPN.com's recruiting profile (subscription required).
Plus, his explosion at the AAU Super Showcase certainly garnered some attention:
While there is room for Jones to pack on more weight, but he is still able to penetrate the lane and get to the rim effectively while also sporting a passable jump shot that has upside to progress, too.
Ball-handling is one of his strong suits, and 247Sports.com's profile also evaluates him high in terms of leadership and defense, with scores of nine and eight respectively out of 10.
With a star-studded supporting cast at Duke, Jones will be able to thrive in a facilitator role and make an immediate impact in that regard without being pressured to carry much of the scoring load.
While that might stymie the development of his perimeter game, it should allow his strengths to shine through and continue to blossom. However long Jones' career is with the Blue Devils, he should lead at least one serious NCAA Tournament charge before he looks to the NBA.
Jones was one of 4 elite players announcing their decisions today. Jahlil Okafor elected to go to Duke, while Cliff Alexander chose Kansas, according to Sportscenter's Twitter feed:
Finally, Stanley Johnson decided to attend Arizona, according to ESPN's Chad Ford:
The professional level is becoming more littered with scoring-dominant point guards who are sensational athletes and often look to shoot first. Jones has stellar athleticism but is more of a throwback player in that he looks to get his teammates involved first.
Thus, it will be especially interesting to watch the 17-year-old develop in college as one of 2014's most talented recruits.