Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Gopher Target Makes US Select Team

Tubby Smith has been targeting Apple Valley's Tyus Jones ever since he made the varsity basketball team in 8th grade. His court vision, size, and ballhandling skills make him an ideal point guard who could really help the Gophers. Too bad he's not such a well kept secret anymore.

Jones made the U-16 National Developmental team this week after three days of grueling try outs in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 27 of the top prospects in the nation were invited to try out for the team and only 12 made the team. ESPN.com recently named him the top point guard in the class of 2014. He's received scholarship offers from the University of Minnesota and Iowa. Expect about every school in the country to make a play for him.

The most impressive part about it is that he backed up the hype with this performance and by making this team. He was mostly invited because of his reputation, but showed that he is the real deal. The Gophers are going to have to do everything in their power to keep this kid from the state because he is the best prospect it has seen in quite some time. He's the most highly touted prospect since Royce White, who currently plays at Iowa State.

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