Apple Valley's Tyus Jones celebrated as he was taken out of the game in the class 4A championship at the Target Center (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE)
Tyus Jones’ heavy recruiting season began last weekend in his home.
The Apple Valley junior, considered by many national recruiting services the Class of 2014’s best point guard, was visited by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on his first stop of the April recruiting period. The Blue Devils are considered by many recruiting analysts to be among the front-runners on Jones’ list of seven colleges he’s considering, including Michigan State, Minnesota, Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio State.
Duke has yet to offer a scholarship to another point guard in the 2014 class and seems to be in good standing with Jones’ close friend, center Jahlil Okafor at Chicago Whitney Young High. The pair has continually said they plan to play together in college.
Over the weekend, Jones also met with new Gophers coach Richard Pitino, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Baylor’s Scott Drew. The point guard said he likes Pitino’s energy and vision for the program.
None of the visits led Jones to narrow his list, but he continues to say he would like to make a decision by this fall. He also said he might considering delaying the decision to see how Pitino’s first year with the Gophers begins.
The other members of the state’s “Big Three” in the Class of 2014, Cooper shooting guard Rashad Vaughn and DeLaSalle forward Reid Travis, also had busy weekends. Each met with Pitino and also left with a positive impression.
Travis met with Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Marquette’s Buzz Williams and Gonzaga’s coaching staff. Vaughn met with the Marquette and Baylor coaching staffs.