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Continued: Souhan: Duke recruits Jones, Okafor put on quite a show

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 13, 2013 - 2:54 PM

In the second half, the two countered like boxers.

First Jones blocked a shot, drove the length of the court, drew a foul and hit two free throws.

Okafor answered with a dunk.

Jones hit a three-pointer.

Okafor answered with a dunk.

Jones hit a three-pointer while drawing the foul.

Jones continued his surge with a couple of free throws and a long three-pointer before Young started whittling away at the clock.

“It was a fun game, and to get a chance to play on [ESPN2] is something these guys will remember forever,” Goring said. “Sure, it would have been fun to win, but they have a great team, with three Division I players.

“We’ve been spoiled with Tyus for five years now. Almost all of the people who were in the gym tonight, it’s like that almost every single game. We play in front of full houses.”

No Minnesota prospect has attracted as much attention as Jones since Minneapolis North’s Khalid El-Amin prepared himself to win an NCAA title at Connecticut, and even El-Amin wasn’t as renowned as Jones.

“I was excited for Apple Valley tonight,” Jones said. “Apple Valley has earned that.”

Then he headed toward the cold, toward dinner with his old friend and future teammate.

“High school ball is way different than AAU ball,” he said. “It’s your town, your people. So it was special.”

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. • jsouhan@startribune.com

 

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