The suspense of waiting to see where the next Jones will go to college is almost over.
Apple Valley senior point guard Tre Jones, a five-star recruit, will make his announcement Sunday, he tweeted Thursday morning.
Jones, the top floor leader in the 2018 class, was the No. 1 priority for Gophers coach Richard Pitino, just like his older brother, Tyus, was when Pitino took the job in Minnesota four years ago. Tyus is entering his third year as a Timberwolves guard after winning a national title at Duke as a freshman in 2014.
Tre has goals of winning an NCAA title and making the NBA, too.
"I saw him go through it all," he said recently. "I'm doing my thing, but it's almost like we're doing the same thing."
Will Tre Jones follow his brother and pick the Blue Devils? That's the path most recruiting sites predict he will take. Jones publicly has said he plans to pick from among Duke, Minnesota, UCLA, Ohio State and USC.
Jones' Howard Pulley AAU teammates and Gophers commits Daniel Oturu, Jarvis Thomas and Gabe Kalscheur have tried to convince him to stay home and turn the U into a Final Four contender.
"I have more chemistry with them than anyone else in the country," Jones said last month at Thomas' announcement. "But at the same time [they] have to do what's the best thing for them. And I do as well."
Jones will still have support at home even if he leaves home.
"I'm excited for him and wherever he decides to go," Kalscheur said.
"Hopefully the U," Oturu said Thursday. "But whatever he decides, I'm gonna be happy for him because he's my brother."
The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Jones is ranked as a top-10 player and the No. 1 point guard in 2018 by Scout.com, 247Sports.com and Rivals.com. The 247Sports crystal ball predictor on his college choice says 95 percent in Duke's favor over Minnesota's 5 percent.
"Tre was always a highly touted, highly rated kid," Scout.com recruiting director Evan Daniels said. "He's ramped things up [this summer]. He's just a kid who knows how to run a team, has tremendous feel for the game and really distributes the ball."