High-SchoolMinnesota: Tyus Jones
December, 12, 2011
By Christopher Parish | ESPN.com
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Today: Minnesota's A-Listers.
In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But who are the A-Listers in Minnesota? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state. Can you think of an A-Lister we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.
5. Andrew Larson (SR), Eden Prairie, Football
Credentials: State champ, ESPNHS All-State first-teamer, scored pivotal TD in Class AAAA title game
4. Brandon Kingsley (SR), Apple Valley, Wrestling
Credentials: State champ, Minnesota recruit, nation’s No. 4 wrestler at 152 pounds by InterMat
3. Philip Nelson (SR), Mankato West, Football
Credentials: Gatorade State Player of the Year, Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year, Minnesota recruit, 35 TD passes
2. Justin Kloos (SR), Lakeville North, Hockey
Credentials: 90-point scorer last year, ESPNHS All-State first-teamer, led Upper Midwest Elite League in scoring in the fall, Minnesota recruit
1. Tyus Jones (SO), Apple Valley, Basketball
Credentials: Nation’s No. 25 recruit in ESPNU 25, U.S. Under-16 National Team member, recruited by more than 10 major programs
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Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Minnesota.
November, 22, 2011
By Christopher Parish | ESPN.com
Carlos Gonzalez/ESPNHSApple Valley sophomore Tyus Jones, rated the nation's No. 5 recruit in the ESPNU 25, is already considered one of the state's best players and has played for Team USA's U16 squad.This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Minnesota edition.
Tyus Jones is used to being the young kid. The small kid. The kid who’s got to show his game to prove he belongs.
After all, that’s how it always was growing up. Jones never got the chance to be the big kid, not with his older brother, Jadee, around. Not when his competition towered over him like aspen trees. Not even when he’d go one on one against his mom.
Despite the numerous on-court beatings he took, Tyus gradually proved he could hang with the big kids. Now he’s one of the nation’s best basketball players. Regardless of age.
Only a sophomore, Tyus is rated the nation’s No. 5 player in the ESPNU 25. He’s played for Team USA in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. And he’s started for Apple Valley since he was an eighth-grader. As a freshman last season he averaged 20.1 points and 7.1 assists per game despite missing 13 games with a lacerated kidney.
There is scarcely a college coach in the country who wouldn’t love Tyus to run the point for his team. He’s got the skills to play the position, prefers passing to shooting and sees the game better than players years older.
No surprise, considering he learned the game from players years older. His mother, Deb, played point guard at her North Dakota high school and led her team to a state title before playing in college. His father, Ray, stands tall at 6-foot-6 and played Division III ball in Wisconsin. Both have had a big impact on his basketball development.
“I was born and raised into a basketball family,” Tyus says. “Ever since I could remember, I’ve had a ball in my hand.”
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