#OTRHoopsReport: What We Learned – Breakdown Classic – Dec. 10, 2013
From Colorado to Minnesota, Tyus Jones doesn’t care who stands in his way to future success as a Duke Blue Devil and beyond.
*Courtesy of USA Basketball
MINNEAPOLIS – The Breakdown Tip Off Classic has emerged as possibly the nation’s premier single-day event featuring boys and girls games in the country. Two top guards nationally in Tyus Jones and Jarvis Johnson went at it in the day’s nightcap giving us plenty to write about.
1) Tyus Jones should be a star in Durham.
Tyus Jones of Apple Valley, Minn., is singlehandedly paving the way for a community of future Apple Valley High stars. The 6-foot class of 2014 point guard was every bit as impressive here in the night’s marquee matchup as he was at USA Basketball Mini-Camp back in October. A five-star prospect, Jones game appears tailor made for the way that Coach K and the Blue Devils like to play. His style of play thrives off the high ball screen action that Duke has been so popular in today’s game Jones finished with 19 points on 6-for-7 from the field, five assists and four rebounds…in the first half. He exploded through contact and every time that DeLaSalle tried to make a run Jones either scored or assisted on the basket that ended the momentum en route to a victory in front of 4,500 fans.
2) Jarvis Johnson didn’t back down from the stage.
A year behind Jones in the class of 2015, Jarvis Johnson of Minneapolis, Minn., wasn’t fazed by either Jones or the hype surrounding the game. With Stanford signee Reid Travis not suiting up for the game, Johnson was left as the primary playmaker for DeLaSalle on the big stage. Johnson, a 6-1 point guard, was more than up for the challenge as he made shots from all over the floor. Every time Jones and Apple Valley seemed poised to run away with the game, there was Johnson back to make another play. Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino was sitting court side for the show. What Pitino got to witness along with the rest of the crowd was a signature performance from the four-star guard.
Brandon Clay is the Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and ProspectsNation.com. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com
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