The 2018 Saint Paul (Minn.) Apple Valley star announced his commitment on Sunday, letting the world know he would be following in the footsteps of his older brother, Tyus Jones, in playing for Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“The more I kept working, the more I turned into a player like he saw,” Jones said of Krzyzewski, who offered Jones in 2015, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff and the guys who have gone through Duke. It’s like an extended family away from home.”
Jones had offers from Ohio State, USC, UCLA and many others, including in-state Minnesota. The 6-foot-2, 171-pound Jones is the No. 9 player in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Jones led Apple Valley to the Class 4A championship in March and was named Gatorade State Player of the Year and AP Minnesota Player of the Year, also things his brother did before he headed off for Duke. Tyus Jones, who now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, was on hand for his brother’s announcement and reportedly he said he never tried steering him toward playing for the Blue Devils.
“All I did was be a supportive big brother and best friend,” Tyus said. “People always asked me if I was trying to convince him to go to Duke, and the answer was always, ‘No.’ Whatever he felt was the right decision for him, I was going to be ecstatic. The fact that he feels Duke was the right fit just makes it a little bit sweeter.”