Elite 2014 point guard Tyus Jones updates recruitment

  • 07/20/2012 11:24 am in

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Tyus Jones has talked with Jahlil Okafor about possibly going to the same college, but Jones reiterated they will go through the recruitment process individually.

“We’ve got a great friendship,” Jones said about his USA Basketball teammate at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship. “We took it over to the court and we decided, ‘Why not take this to the next level?’”

Jones and Okafor are both ranked in the top five of the 2014 class, though only Jones has received an offer from Indiana.

The point guard said, as of right now, Minnesota, Baylor, Duke, Arizona, Ohio State and Michigan State are the only schools to extend offers to both him and Okafor.

But that doesn’t mean Indiana isn’t a possibility; Jones said he’s definitely considering the Hoosiers.

After Indiana coach Tom Crean called him with the offer in May, the two remain in touch. Jones, who attends Apple Valley High in Minnesota, said they talk once or twice a week and that talks with Indiana have been with just Crean.

“Crean told me he liked my game,” Jones said about the call with the offer. “I do a lot of things right and he thinks I could fit in the system.”

Assessing his skills, Jones considers himself an overall point guard. He takes pride in his decision making and his basketball IQ.

He showcased his scoring ability by scoring 30 points in an 83-69 loss to CIA Bounce in a Thursday night game at the Peach Jam.

The 6-foot-1 guard, who’s playing for Howard Pulley in the Peach Jam, sees Indiana’s “get-out-and-run style” as a big bonus and something he would want to play in during college.

Jones added that he may visit Indiana.

“Coach Crean is a good coach,” Jones said. “The last few years, they’ve improved tremendously. That’s always a positive.”

Wayne Staats is a sports reporter at The Augusta Chronicle, where he’s covered high school sports since August of 2010. He’s reporting this week from the Peach Jam for Inside the Hall.

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  • IUFAN_JZ

    There’s no question how good this kid is and I would love to have in crim and crimson, but I have my doubts that he will commit without Okafor. Crean must really want him if he’s in contact with him, just to think of having Jones and Yogi on the same team is scary!

  • iuball11

    Why haven’t we offered Okafor yet? That would be an incredible package deal.

  • Swishmac IU

    Living in the Twin Cities, I run across Tyus quite often as I coach against his little brother. Obviously I talk up IU every chance I can. Tyus did mention he is tight with Lyles and Balckmon. My gut says he ends up at Duke.

  • And_One

    I’m having Oden/Conley flashbacks. I would really rather they not commit to OSU, MSU, or Minny.

  • HoosierKen73

    Okafor is listed at 6′ 10″, 280 lbs…don’t remember his wingspan, but seem to recall he’s another of these ‘freaky long’ kind of guys. No. 2 player in that class according to Rivals. Wow, can you just imagime teamed up with Trey Lyles, Jones, Blackmon..and whoever is leftover from the upper classmen.. We’d be scary good…

  • HoosierKen73

    Okafor is listed at 6′ 10″, 280 lbs…don’t remember his wingspan, but seem to recall he’s another of these ‘freaky long’ kind of guys. No. 2 player in that class according to Rivals. Wow, can you just imagime teamed up with Trey Lyles, Jones, Blackmon..and whoever is leftover from the upper classmen.. We’d be scary good…

  • I love that floater. He is awesome. So quick and he finishes very well. Lets get these guys.

  • I’ve watched video on this kid before and he is the real deal. IMO he is better than Yogi and CC should be extending his offer to Okafor as well. How could you not want 2 top 5 players. Also does this kid remind anyone else of Austin Rivers?

  • Kelin Blab

    I don’t know of very many players anymore who do the whole ‘package deal’ thing. It is rare and I don’t see anymore fab fives happening…..

    I really like Tyus game, he always seems on the attack. I think he is a score first guard moreso than Yogi. His floater game is pretty pretty sick.

  • SCHoosier

    I love all this talent/recruting stuff..but why would any kid rule out any of the top 15 programs if he gets a contact from them? All these responses are starting to sound the same..”Recruit Speak”…such as it is. What’s great is that IU is now at least being mentioned in the same breath as the top annual 10 schools in most of these young men’s responses.

  • SCHoosier

    Sick..sicker..sickest. Yogi was recently quoted saying he knows he needs to developer the floater shot…not seen a better one than the one Tyus has.

  • @redfacecubfan

    Realistically, do we have any shot at this kid? He is a great talent, no doubt. And we would love to have him in Bloomington. This would take our recruiting to the highest level, but is it at all realistic?