Tyus Jones Named 2012-13 Gatorade POY of Minnesota

March 21, 2013
Tyus Jones Named 2012-13 Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota

Apple Valley junior point guard Tyus Jones was named the 2012-13 Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota.

Jones will likely delay any celebration as he’s busy this week trying to help bring a state championship to top-seed Apple Valley.  Yesterday the Eagles beat Brainerd in the quarterfinals 81-67 and will take on Eden Prairie at Target Center tonight at 6pm CT.

A win would set up a championship game for Apple Valley Saturday night (approximately 8pm CT) at Target Center against either Park Center or Edina, both of whom are led by D1-bound guards in Quinton Hooker (Park Center HS; North Dakota next year) and Graham Woodward (Edina HS, Penn State next year).

Gatorade POY winners headed to the Big Ten this fall include Michigan recruits Derrick Walton (Mich.) and Zak Irvin (Ind.) and Indiana-bound Luke Fischer (Wisc.).

Per US Today High School Sports:
Athletic achievement: He has led the Eagles to a 28-1 record and a berth in the Class 4A state tournament, scheduled to begin March 20. Jones averaged 20.9 points, 7.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 steals through 29 games. The returning Gatorade Minnesota Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Jones shot 62 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 84 percent from the free throw line. Coming off the bench for USA Basketball’s U17 National Team, Jones contributed 8.5 points, 5.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game during Team USA’s gold medal run at this past summer’s World Championships. He averaged 28.1 points, 8.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals for Apple Valley as a sophomore.

Academic excellence: Jones has maintained a 3.17 GPA.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth basketball instructor, he has volunteered locally on behalf of Feed My Starving Children and as a motivational speaker for elementary school children.

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