November 16, 2010

Iowa first to offer freshman

Even though he is just a freshman in high school, college programs are already well aware of Tyus Jones. The 6-foot-1 point guard from Apple Valley, MN turned more than a few heads this summer on the AAU circuit and one of the coaches watching was Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery, who verbally offered a scholarship this week.

As it turns out, the offer from Coach McCaffery is the first scholarship opportunity to be extended.

"It feels great," Jones said Monday evening. "I am very excited and happy to get the offer from Iowa. I am really grateful to get the offer from Coach McCaffery."

At this stage, he is still learning more about the new staff at Iowa and Coach McCaffery.

"I know that he is the coach at Iowa and he is trying to get the program going again. I'm looking forward to learning more about the program."

Last year as an 8th grader, Jones played varsity basketball and set a school record for assists in a season. He loves to push the basketball, so the new style of play in Iowa City is appealing to him.

"I like playing the up-tempo style and that would be a big part of college for me. I think I play best in the up-tempo style."

One of the coaches at his high school is former Hawkeye Duez Henderson, so Jones, who is expected to be one of the top prospects in the country in the Class of 2014, is learning plenty about the Iowa program.

"Duez has told me a lot about Iowa and Iowa City and loved his time there," Jones said. "I am planning to make a trip there soon to see a game and get to see more of the school and spend time with the coaches."

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