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Tyus

Jones

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Guard
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
Year: Freshman
City/State: Apple Valley, Minn.
High School: Apple Valley

Bio


2014-15
  • Garnered Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors and NCAA South Regional All-Tournament Most Outstanding Player recognition to become the first Blue Devil to earn both ... received All-ACC Third Team and All-ACC Freshman Team accolades ... named to the All-ACC Academic Team
  • Started all 39 games ... averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, while adding a Duke freshman-record 2.86:1 assist to turnover ratio
  • Led Duke in assists (217) and steals (59), while ranking second and eighth, respectively, in the ACC in those categories ... also ranked second in the nation among freshmen in assists per game (5.6)
  • Just the second freshman in Duke history to record 400 points and 200 assists in the same season
  • Finished second on the team in three-point field goals made (47) and free throw percentage (.889) ... shot 37.9 percent from beyond the arc, third-best among his teammates
  • Scored in double figures 23 times with seven 20-point efforts ... led Duke in scoring eight times
  • Posted 24 games with five or more assists and two games with 10 or more assists ... served as team’s assist leader in 30 games
  • Averaged 10.6 second-half points against nationally ranked opponents ... shot 11-of-25 (.440) from beyond the arc and 59-of-65 (.908) from the free throw line in the final half of games against nationally ranked opposition
  • Registered two steals in five straight NCAA Tournament games leading up to the national championship
  • Posted a game-high 23 points on 7-of-13 (.539) shooting in the national championship game against No. 3 Wisconsin (4/6) ... nineteen of 23 points came in the second half, including 10 in the final 7:04 ... hit a pair of threes in the final five minutes of the game to secure the Duke win
  • Contributed six assists without a turnover and 15 points against No. 7 Gonzaga (3/29), guiding Duke to the NCAA Final Four
  • Hit 9-of-10 free throw attempts and added three field goals to score 15 points and push Duke past No. 19 Utah (3/27)
  • Scored 10 points and dished seven assists while committing just one turnover in a win over Robert Morris (3/20)
  • Had a career-high 24 points, 17 coming in the second half, to go along with six rebounds and seven assists versus North Carolina (3/7), making him the first Duke freshman to record at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in first two games against North Carolina ... in first game against Tar Heels (2/18), netted 22 points and closed regulation by scoring Duke’s final nine points
  • Netted 10 points while shooting 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and 2-of-3 from the free throw line in a Duke rout of Wake Forest (3/4) ... also recorded five assists and four rebounds in the game
  • Recorded back-to-back games with nine assists in victories over Clemson (2/21) and Virginia Tech (2/25)
  • Set a career-high 12 assists in a win over Florida State (2/9) ... also scored 16 points and brought down six rebounds
  • Dished seven assists without a turnover and added 12 points in a lopsided win over No. 10 Notre Dame (2/7)
  • Helped guide Duke to a victory over second-ranked Virginia (1/31) on the road, scoring 17 points and hitting a crucial three-pointer as the shot clocked expired and 11 seconds remained on the game clock to seal the Blue Devil victory
  • Posted a 14-point game on 5-of-11 (.455) shooting from the field and add two assists versus No. 8 Notre Dame (1/28)
  • Made all 10 of his free throw attempts en route to a 22-point scoring effort against St. John’s (1/25)
  • Went 7-of-11 (.636) from the field and 4-of-6 (.667) from beyond the arc to score 22 points against Pittsburgh (1/19)
  • Started a five-game double-digit scoring streak after providing 10 points and eight assists in a Duke win over No. 6 Louisville (1/17) on the road
  • Connected on 9-of-9 free throw attempts and shot 2-of-3 (.667) from beyond the arc to score 15 points against Toledo (12/29) ... registered eight assists with just one turnover
  • Shot 5-of-11 (.455) from the field and 9-of-10 (.900) from the charity stripe to score 21 points against Connecticut (12/18) ... brought down six rebounds and contributed three assists
  • Scored a team-high 22 points, including 14 in the second half, on 7-of-11 (.636) shooting against second-ranked Wisconsin (12/3) ... also added four assists and six rebounds
  • Posted his first double-digit assist game of the season against Army (11/30), registering 10 assists and adding 16 points
  • Shot a near-perfect 4-of-5 (.800) from the field and went 7-of-7 from the free throw line to score 17 points against No. 19 Michigan State (11/18) ... also had four assists without a turnover
  • Opened college career by scoring 15 points on 6-of-8 (.750) shooting from the floor in Duke win over Presbyterian (11/14) ... added seven assists

High School

  • Five-year letterwinner at Apple Valley for head coaches Zach Goring and Mike Fritze ... began high school career as an eighth-grader
  • Holds Apple Valley career records in points (2,909), assists (1,031) and steals (369) ... also holds single-game records for points, free throws and three-pointers as well as single-season records in points and assists
  • Led the school to a 120-27 record with a state championship in 2013 and two conference titles
  • A 2014 McDonald’s All-America selection … won the Powerade Jam Fest Skills Competition … scored seven points and added a game-high 10 assists for the East team in the McDonald’s All-American game
  • Dished out a game-high 12 assists to go along with 10 points and seven rebounds in the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic
  • Three-time Gatorade Minnesota Boys Basketball Player of the Year
  • Three-time AP Minnesota Player of the Year and first team all-state selection ... also tabbed honorable mention all-state in 2011
  • Two-time Player of the Year by St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Selected to the USA Today second team All-USA Boys Basketball Team in 2014 ... also named a second team All-American by MaxPreps
  • Averaged 25.6 points, 8.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 steals per contest in leading Apple Valley to a 27-2 record and the Class 4A Section 3 title game as a senior
  • Shot 58.0 percent from the field, 44.0 percent from behind the arc and 87.0 from the line in 2013-14
  • Scored 35 points in an 89-77 double-overtime loss to Cretin-Derham Hall High School in the Class 4A Section 3 championship
  • Led Apple Valley to a pair of wins at The Breakdown Granite City Classic ... posted 34 points and 16 assists in a 111-82 win over Roseville, then followed that up with 22 points and nine assists in an 83-47 win over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
  • Had 26 points and eight rebounds in a 72-59 win over No. 20 Blue Valley Northwest in the 18th annual Timberwolves Shootout at Target Center.... scored 12 points during a late 19-0 run to break the game open
  • Registered 29 points to go along with five rebounds and six assists in an early season loss to current teammate Jahlil Okafor-led Whitney Young
  • Named Co-MVP for the 2013 Under Armour Elite 24 All-Star Game after leading Team Coney Island to a 114-109 win ...
  • Led Apple Valley team to a 31-1 record and the Minnesota 4A state title as a junior ... averaged 20.9 points, 7.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game
  • Metro Player of the Year and All-Metro first team picked by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2012 … All-Metro second team in 2010 and 2011
  • Awarded All-South Suburban Conference in 2011 and 2012 … All-Lake Conference in 2010
  • As a sophomore, he averaged 28.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 3.4 steals per game leading the Eagles to a 23-6 record and the Class 4A sectional finals
  • Had a season-high 40-point game
  • First Team Sophomore All-America selection by MaxPreps
  • Started 16 games as a freshman averaging 20.1 points, 7.1 assists and 2.6 steals in 2010-11 ... suffered a lacerated kidney in the first game of his freshman season and was sidelined for seven weeks
  • Named MaxPreps Freshman All-America first team in 2011
  • As an eighth-grader, started 28 games and averaged 16.8 points and 8.1 assists ... helped Apple Valley to a 20-8 record
  • Ranked No. 4 by ESPN and Scout.com and No. 5 by Rivals.com
  • Rated as the No. 5 player in the 2014 class by the Recruiting Services Consensus Index

USA Basketball
  • Earned gold medals at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship
  • Named team captain and started all five games for Team USA at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship ... averaged 8.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game
  • Led the tournament in assists, while also finishing third in assist-to- turnover ratio (2.91:1) and tied for fifth in steals
  • Guided an offense that scored over 100 points four times and averaged 115.4 points per game for the tournament ... led the team in assists in four of the five contests
  • Had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added seven assists and two steals in a semifinal win over the Dominican Republic ... also had a nine-assist game against Argentina
  • Named to the 2014 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that played in the 17th Annual Nike Hoop Summit ... contributed 13 points, six assists and five steals in an 84-73 win over the World Select team
  • Member of the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team that compiled an 8-0 record earning the FIBA U17 World Championship gold medal in Lithuania ... joined on the team by current teammates Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow as well as former Blue Devil Jabari Parker
  • Averaged 8.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game … ranked third among all competitors in the 16-team field in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.15)
  • Had seven points and a game-high 11 assists in a preliminary round win over China
  • Scored a game-high 22 points and added six assists in a quarterfinal win over Canada
  • Helped the U.S. U17 squad claim a pair of exhibition wins over Australia and Latvia in Las Palmas, Canary Islands … averaged 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and a team-best 7.5 assists
  • Averaged 4.6 points and led the field with 5.6 assists as a member of the gold medal-winning 2011 USA U16 National Team ... joined current teammate Jahlil Okafor and former Duke standout Jabari Parker in leading Team USA to a 5-0 record
  • Tallied 10 points and seven assists in a preliminary round win over Argentina
  • Had five points, four rebounds and eight assists in the semifinals against Canada
  • Capped off the tournament with four points and a game-high seven assists in the gold medal game against Argentina
  • Also participated in USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team mini-camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 2010, 2011 and 2014

Personal
  • Born Tyus Robert Jones on May 10, 1996 in Burnsville, Minn.
  • Son of Debbie and Robert Jones … has an older brother, Jadee, and a younger brother, Tre
  • Brother, Jadee, played basketball for Furman University (2005-07) and Mankato State University (2008-09)
  • Father, Rob, played basketball at University of Wisconsin–Parkside
  • Mother, Debbie, was a high school point guard and led Devils Lake to a North Dakota high school championship ... went on to play at Lake Region State College in North Dakota
  • Aunt, Darcy Cascaes, earned two high school state championships at Devils Lake and was an all-conference guard for University of North Dakota
  • Uncle, Al Nuness, was a captain for Minnesota Gophers basketball in the 1960s
  • Cousin, Jared Nuness, was 1997 Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year and runner-up Minnesota Mr. Basketball
  • Has volunteered in his community for Feed My Starving Children and has served as a motivational speaker for elementary school children
  • Played AAU for Howard Pulley ... averaged 22.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game in 2013 EYBL play
  • Led the team to the 2013 AAU National Championship at the Super Showcase in Orlando ... scored 20 points and added eight assists in a 79-72 title game win over Each 1 Teach 1
  • Favorite athlete is LeBron James
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