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By Tim Kolehmainen, 01/13/14, 12:45PM CST


Jan. 13: JP Macura and Lakeville North vs. Tyus Jones and Apple Valley highlights top games of the week

Apple Valley's Tyus Jones drives past a pair of Park Center defenders during last year's Class 4A state championship game. Photo by Tim Kolehmainen.

Two of the biggest stars in Minnesota high school basketball’s recruiting scene square off Tuesday night at Apple Valley when Tyus Jones and the Eagles host Lakeville North and sharp-shooting J.P. Macura. The traveling carnival that is Apple Valley basketball returns home.

Jones, the nation’s top-ranked point guard, is the golden boy of the state and draws a crowd in any venue. Called by some the greatest player to come out of the state (at least since Hibbing’s Kevin McHale or Minneapolis North’s Khalid El-Amin), he committed to Duke last month. He has unparalleled court vision and explosive speed with the ball, which is often on display.

Macura, an Xavier commit, has risen into discussion with Jones and DeLaSalle’s Reid Travis as the “big three” in the Class of 2014. With Travis missing most of the season to a foot problem, it’s now down to a “big two” between Jones and Macura. The lanky 6-foot-5 wing can score from anywhere on the court and averages 31.8 points per game. He’s already hit a school-record 55 in a victory at Farmington and just might be enticed to do it again against the top-ranked Eagles.

While both teams’ big stars are already college committed, there will still be dozens of college coaches and thousands of high school basketball fans crowded into the Apple Valley gym. That attention and star power makes Lakeville North at Apple Valley our top game of the week of Jan. 13-19, 2014.

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