State's No. 1 recruit, Tyus Jones, will go to Duke
November 15, 2013 — 5:16pm
At last, it is final: Tyus Jones will go to Duke.
The Apple Valley senior, the No. 4 recruit in the nation for the 2014 class according to ESPN, announced his long-awaited decision at his high school on Friday afternoon.
A few hours away in Chicago, his long-time friend Jahlil Okafor committed to the Blue Devils as well, making good on the pair's talk of a package deal that they have maintained for the last couple of years.
The two had reportedly narrowed their choices to Kansas and Duke a couple of days earlier, although Jones had never officially said Minnesota was out of the running.
Jones' decision was broadcasted on ESPNU.
Jones is the second of the local 2014 'Big Three' to commit. De La Salle's Reid Travis committed to Stanford last week.
Colleague Joe Christensen was there to cover -- you can read his story here.
This is Amelia Rayno's fifth season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News. Follow Rayno on Twitter @AmeliaRayno.