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Tyus Jones Hasn’t Cut List, Okafor Says He’s Undecided
Contrary to reports, Tyus Jones has not cut Minnesota from his list, sources confirmed to SNY.tv Saturday.
Pioneer Press reporter Marcus Fuller also Tweeted that Debbie Jones, Tyus’ mother, confirmed that Minnesota had not been eliminated, only that Jones and Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor won’t play there together.
The 6-foot-2 Apple Valley (MN) guard is still considering Minnesota along with Baylor, Duke and Kansas.
Still, Jones andOkafor have long said they will play college basketball together and Minnesota is not on Okafor’s list.
It is widely assumed that the duo will land at either Duke or Kansas, with Baylor considered a distant third.
They visited Duke last weekend on an official and despite whispers that Okafor wasn’t thrilled with the visit, he said he remains undecided.
“To all these ‘sources’ saying they know where I’m going to school because someone ‘close’ to me told them. Quit the lies. I DONT KNOW YET,” he Tweeted.
Jones has said he wants to get it over with by the early signing period, which begins Nov. 13.
“I think we’ll all feel good when it’s time to commit,” he told SNY.tv in August.
Meantime, Minnesota forward Reid Travisis due to announce Friday and will choose between Duke, Minnesota and Stanford, his father told SNY.tv.
After Milwaukee power forward Kevon Looney picked UCLA on Thursday, Duke could use Travis in the frontcourt.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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