2018 guard Tre Jones understands the recruiting scene better than most.
Having watched his older brother Tyus – now a point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves – go through the same process a few years ago, Tre learned to take his time with it and focus on the now.
So far, the formula is working out pretty well for Tre, as he’s already considered one of the top point guards in the 2018 class with heavy interest from Duke and Arizona.
The Apple Valley, Minn. native is following in his brother’s steps in a couple ways. He’s already plated three gold medals competing for Team USA, and this summer he’s playing the same AAU his brother starred on – Howard Pulley.
“He’s been through every step of the way right way,” Jones said at the Nike EYBL in Hampton, Virginia. “I’m trying to take it slow like he did.”
Jones was limited in Hampton after suffering a broken thumb that is expected to sideline him for four to six weeks.
Before the injury, the 6’2 guard offered a glimpse into his progress on the court as well as his recruitment.
While Jones is more of a facilitator than a scorer, he has been making incremental progress in adding to his offensive repertoire. Listed at 170 pounds, he doesn’t quite match his brother’s physique, although he still has few years to mature before hitting college.
“I’m trying to get stronger, more athletic and work on my shot,” Jones said.
This past season at Apple Valley High School, Jones averaged nearly 17 points and seven assists per game, while also ranking second on the team in boards.
It helps that Jones can depend on 2017 shooting guard Gary Trent Jr., who is ranked among the top 10 players in his class.
Not surprisingly, Jones is receiving growing interest from top schools, with Duke and Arizona coming at him the hardest.
Jones said that he tries to talk to both the Duke and Arizona coaching staffs consistently.
“I try to give them [Arizona] every two weeks to keep that relationship going. I usually call Coach Sean Miller,” Jones said.
What is Miller telling Jones?
“He’s talking about the progress they’re making,” Jones said. “He’s trying to get them to a Final Four, so he’s trying to get as many recruits there as possible.”
Living in the Midwest, Jones may not get to watch Arizona up close but said that he still manages to follow the program closely.
“They come on pretty often,” Jones said. “”When I’m in bed at night, they come on late, so I’m able to turn on their game. It’s cool to watch them.”