Tyus Jones is the top-ranked point guard and No. 3 overall prospect in the ESPN 100 for 2014. Some analysts consider Jones to be the nation’s top floor general, regardless of class. That kind of clout has heavyweights like Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State and Kansas, among others, all giving chase. Jones, a junior at Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.), has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a monthly blog.
Hey how’s everyone doing! I’m back with another blog and we’re fresh off winning the Super Showcase so I’m pretty excited about that.
It’s my last tournament of my AAU career and to go out like that was a great feeling. It’s definitely a crazy feeling knowing that I won’t ever play AAU again, but I was happy that we went out and got it done.
We had to get past a tough E1T1 team and I had to go against my boy Joel Berry.
Since we’re good friends that made it even more competitive, and I feel like we both played really well and led our teams. My team just ended up coming away with the win.
My teammate Reid Travis really played well in that championship game, and he’s been playing well all summer. I’m really happy to see him getting his due. He’s been getting better and better all summer. That’s been fun to watch because he is one of those guys who puts in the work. He’s earned that.
I’m looking forward to playing in the Chris Paul Elite guard camp this weekend then I’ll play in the Elite 24 later this month. I’m really looking forward to both of those events. I know they’ll be fun!
The whole summer has been fun and I’ve definitely had some big battles.
I think my toughest head-to-head matchup was against Tyler Ulis at Peach Jam. He’s an extremely good player and he’s tough to play against because he’s smaller and quicker. He had a great game when I played against him, but that was a fun battle.
I think the high point of the summer was winning Super Showcase. We had everything clicking and it all came together.
As for my best highlight, individually, I think it was probably the dunk against Mac Irvin Fire, my boy Jahlil Okafor’s team.
I’ve got so many great memories from AAU; there’s nothing like it!
I’ve decided that I want to go ahead and get my decision out of the way in November. That’s always been a goal of mine because I don’t want it hanging over my head my whole senior year. I want to be able to focus on my last season and have fun. I don’t want that stress.
Me and Jahlil have been talking about it and we’re on the same page with that.
I have no idea where I’ll go yet, but I know that it can get really stressful. That’s why I told myself by November I’ll have it done. It gives me something to work toward.
I’ve definitely felt the urgency from the coaches now that the summer is over. They are definitely letting me know that they want me more and being really open about it. It’s just another reason why I want to have a decision made by the fall. I know it will only get more intense.
It’s a tough decision and it has gotten a little stressful, but I always remind myself that it’s a blessing and that so many people want to be in this position. That helps me keep things in perspective.
It’s tough because I’ve got such great relationships with all of the coaches recruiting me. Just the other day I was talking to Coach O (Orlando Antigua) about him being the Dominican Republic head coach this summer. He was telling me how they were trying to qualify and I thought that was cool because it was just a different conversation.
I always have good conversations with all of the coaches so I know when I make a decision the toughest part will be having those relationships drop off. But I know it’ll be a good thing in the end; because I’ll make the best decision for me.
Well, now that AAU is over you would think that I could rest a little, but we had a tournament with my high school team last weekend and I’m headed to Chris Paul Camp this weekend. It never stops for me!
OK guys, I’m gonna get ready to roll, but I definitely appreciate you guys reading my blog!
Check back soon and I’ll let you know how the camp and Elite 24 went.
Until next time.
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