Duke‘s basketball team picked up its first commitment of the 2018 class on Sunday when 5-star point guard Tre Jones offered his verbal pledge to play for the Blue Devils.
It’s just business as usual in Durham.
Many expected the sensational lead guard to choose the Blue Devils. After all, he is the younger brother of Tyus Jones, who led Duke to the 2015 national championship as a freshman.
Jones announced his decision on Twitter with a video of him joining Tyus on a basketball court and letting the world know that the next chapter in his life would take place in Durham.
By now, nothing should come as a shock in regards to recruiting with Blue Devils’ head coach Mike Krzyzewski calling the shots. When Coach K wants his man, he usually gets his man, and Jones figures to be another in a long line of fabulous point guards in Duke lore.
The Minnesota native turned down significant interest from hometown favorite Minnesota, as well as offers from the likes of Ohio State, UCLA and USC.
Jones spoke with Evan Daniels of Scout.com on why he chose Duke:
“I just feel like it’s the best fit for myself with everything from the coaching staff to the team and the guys they have there,” Jones said. “The campus, just everything about them is the best fit for me overall.”
Jones, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound lead guard from Saint Paul, Minn. (Apple Valley High School) is universally regarded as a 5-star recruit and 247 Sports rates him as one. The site ranks him as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2018 class, the best point guard in the country and the best basketball player in Minnesota.
Jones has the complete package at point guard.
He can slice through lanes and find his teammates, as well as drill jumpers with ease. Jones has a great first step and has a second gear when he has the ball, especially in the full court. He is also a great one-on-one defender and is a pesky disruptor in the passing lanes.
Like his brother, Tre Jones has that “it” factor. He has an innate savvy to his game and is an ultra competitor on the basketball court. He has a certain ability in the clutch that one has to appreciate.
When he gets to Durham, Jones will likely be tasked with starting on Day 1. With freshman phenom Trevon Duval potentially leaving for the NBA after one season, Jones should have no issues taking over the point guard duties in the fall of 2018 and running with them.
Considering all the one-and-done talent (Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr. included) Krzyzewski has at his disposal — and with Jones being the first 2018 Blue Devil commitment — it’s hard to say who Jones will be playing with next season. Maybe the class’ current No. 1 player Marvin Bagley will stay in the 2018 class and join Jones at Duke next year.
Either way, expect Krzyzewski to continue to pile up elite recruits and have his 2018-19 Blue Devil squad in position to challenge for a Final Four bid.
Like his brother — who won the 2015 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player — Tre Jones should leave an indelible mark on the program whether he stays one year or, if Blue Devils fans get their wish, more than one season.
Again, it’s business as usual at Duke and this time it was all about family business with Jones’ decision.