5-star point guard Tre Jones commits to Duke

LAKEVILLE, MN - DECEMBER 20: Apple Valley Eagles guard Tre Jones drives the lane against Lakeville North Panthers forward Tyler Wahl in the second half of their prep basketball game at Lakeville North High School in Lakeville, MN, on December 20, 2016. Apple Valley defeated Lakeville North 71-63.
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One of the top players in the Class of 2018, 5-star point guard Tre Jones did not lack for choices with regard to where he will attend college. On Sunday the Apple Valley, Minnesota product announced that he will attend Duke, following in the footsteps of older brother and current Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones. Tyus Jones helped lead Duke to a national title in 2015.

In addition to Duke, Tre Jones considered Minnesota, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA and USC as possible destinations. But in the end Jones made the decision to be a Blue Devil, giving Mike Krzyzewski’s program its first commitment in the 2018 class. And it’s an important one as well, as Duke will have some holes to fill on the perimeter at the end of the upcoming season.

Grayson Allen is entering his senior season, so regardless of what happens Duke knows that it won’t have him for the 2018-19 season. Also worth considering are 5-star freshmen Trevon Duval and Gary Trent Jr., two highly-regarded prospects who will figure prominently into Duke’s plans. Depending upon what happens with those two, the Blue Devils could have up to three openings to address at the guard positions.

Jordan Goldwire and Alex O’Connell, talented in their own right, are also freshmen who joined the Duke program this summer.

As a junior Jones led Apple Valley HS to a Minnesota Class 4A state title, and from a recruiting standpoint his profile has grown immensely over the last couple of years. Given the success he’s enjoyed both individually and as part of a team, Jones is a big pickup for a program that is certainly familiar with he and his family.

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