Apple Valley star Tyus Jones earns spot on 16U national team
June 13, 2011 — 6:34am
Colorado Springs, Colo - For three days, Apple Valley basketball star Tyus Jones fought to prove himself against 26 of the best 15- and 16-year-old basketball players in the country in a tryout for the Men's National Developmental Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
On Sunday, Jones, a 15-year-old whom the Gophers have offered a scholarship, was rewarded for his efforts with a spot on the 12-man squad, which will compete for a gold medal at the FIBA AMERICAS U16 Championship for Men in Cancun, Mexico, June 21-June 25.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.
Freshman guard Isaiah Washington will make his local debut on a team with All-Big Ten forward Jordan Murphy. Nate Mason and Amir Coffey are teammates and Apple Valley star Tre Jones has two Minnesota teammates.