Tyus Jones Decision: Date, Start Time, TV Info and Top College Choices

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 13, 2013

Jul 18, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Team USA Midwest player Tyus Jones (5)  dribbles the ball against Team Brasil during the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Friday is shaping up to be quite the mammoth of a day in college basketball, with many top recruits announcing their schools of choice. None of those announcements are bigger than that of Tyus Jones'.

Ranked as the No. 5 player in the nation by 247Sports, the Saint Paul, Minn. native has been coveted by nearly all of the biggest programs in collegiate hoops and has it narrowed down to two elite teams. 

Jones himself took to Twitter in regards to his announcement:

Here's the complete breakdown of Jones' upcoming announcement and everything you need to know about the talented youngster.


Date: Friday, Nov. 15

Time: 4 p.m. ET



Top Schools

Jones has long stated that he intends on choosing the same school as fellow elite prospect Jahlil Okafor, the nation's top player according to 247Sports

That made this tweet Wednesday morning from Fox Sports' Evan Daniels far from surprising:

Both Jones and Okafor will announce their schools at the same time, with both players down to Kansas and Duke.

All signs point to the two picking the same school, leaving the other picking up the pieces after missing out on two of the nation's best recruits.

The 6'2", 180-pound Jones has Baylor as his third and final hat that he will choose from on Friday afternoon.

The Bears are still in the mix for both Jones and Okafor, as they haven't been ruled out by either publicly. 

247Sports predicted the Blue Devils as an overwhelming favorite over the Jayhawks, according to their "Crystal Ball"—a predictive panel of the site's most reputable insiders and experts. 

Kansas and Duke both boast two outstanding freshmen this season in Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, respectively. Adding either—or both—of these standout players would do wonders for replacing those stars, who are likely to be one-and-dones. 


Scouting Report

Unlike the vast majority of basketball recruits who dazzle you with impeccable athleticism and aerial supremacy, Jones' game is that of a traditional floor general.

Uniquely cerebral in nature, the point guard is able to make his teammates better by getting them involved in prosperous situations.

Jul 13, 2013; North Augusta, SC, USA; Oakland Soliders Gabe Vincent (21) and Howard Pulley Panthers Tyus Jones (5) during a fast break at the Riverview Park Activities Center during the Nike Peach Jam. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Jones is mature beyond his years and boasts that ever-valuable trait of taking care of the basketball that goes overlooked in point guards with more raw ability. With that maturity comes a clutch gene that many freshmen don't have when entering the collegiate ranks. 

Despite his biggest strength coming between the ears, Jones has improved his scoring game to an elite level. His three-point prowess is more than enough to stretch defenses, and he attacks the basket with aggression while keeping defenders off-balance.

Jones is still improving with explosiveness, but that will come as he continues to grow into his game. After all, he's only 17 years old. 

Leaning on the foundation of maturity and poise, the sky is the limit for Jones.