Class of 2014 point guard Tyus Jones insists that he’s not favoring any program and that no one stands out above the others in his list of eight schools, but as he nears his projected commitment date in the fall, he hopes to figure that out by continuing his string of unofficial visits.
“I’ll head down to Kentucky Friday and spend the weekend down there,” Jones told NRS. “They’re one of my final eight schools and I’ve taken a number of unofficials now and they’re just the next one I want to get out and see. I don’t have any others set up, we were just trying to figure out this Kentucky one and set that one up.”
Having already taken trips to Duke, Michigan State, Minnesota and North Carolina, the 6’1, 171-pound Minnesota native has visited half of the schools on his list of eight teams, which consists of Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State.
Since he has taken four unofficial trips so far, Jones knows what he’s looking for when he visits a school.
“I want just want to take a look around their campus and how it’s laid out,” he said. “I’m looking at the facilities, arena, locker room and practice facilities. I’m looking forward to spending some time with the coaches and players and see how they do things at Kentucky.”
Although he’ll be making the trip alone, Jones plans on attending the same college as USA basketball teammate and close friend Jahlil Okafor, the top center in the class of 2014. If the two stick to the plan and do pick a college together, it’d likely be the best package deal in college basketball history.
“I think it’s very likely we go to school together because we’re great friends; he’s like a brother to me as I am to him,” Jones added. “It’s something we’ve had set on our minds for a while now. We played together on team USA and had a good bond on and off the court. We think we could do something special if we went to college together and that we’d enjoy it.”
Even though he has no particular date in mind, Jones does have a general timetable of when he wants to commit. If everything goes as planned for the point guard, he’ll be committed by this time next year.
“It’s not a specific [date] but probably at the end of the summer coming up or the fall of my senior season,” he said. “I think it’s just kind of the standard time frame. I just see myself committing in the fall.”
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