Tyus Jones was selected 24th in the NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was later traded to Minnesota. Jones was an outstanding high school player, winning multiple awards and receiving multiple scholarship offers from big name schools such as Kentucky, Louisville, and Duke. He chose to play at Duke and teamed up with Jahlil Okafor in a joint commitment.
Originally, he was expected to come off the bench at Duke, but won the starting point guard job over two other bright prospects.
During his first and only season at Duke, he averaged 11.8 points per game and 5.6 assists. He was named to the All-ACC third team and the All-ACC Freshman first team. His efficient playing style helped guide Duke to a national championship and he was named the NCAA Basketball Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player for his performance in the championship game.
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Tyus Jones does not have the amazing athleticism of Russell Westbrook or other elite point guards in the NBA. What he does have is a knack for delivering big performances in big games. He is an extremely efficient player, maintaining a three to one assist to turnover ratio. He shot 38 percent from three point range during his season at Duke, which is excellent for a college player. He also plays very solid defense. None of Jones’ skills will be at an elite level, but he is a solid and efficient player.
Minnesota already has Ricky Rubio at the point guard position. However, he has been a major disappointment. Jones will probably start the season as coming off the bench, but fans should not expect him to stay there long. His efficiency at all aspects of the game will make him an excellent NBA point guard and he should be able to win the job from Rubio. He will provide Minnesota with a playmaker that can shoot and create shots for other players. Expect him to be a major star for years to come.
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