Apple Valley point guard Tyus Jones will announce his decision on Friday at 3 p.m. at Apple Valley High School, according to his mother, Debbie Jones.
Jones, who is ranked No. 5 in the nation according to Rivals.com, is expected to choose between Duke, Kansas and Baylor. Those are the three remaining schools that both he and Chicago center Jahlil Okafor, who is ranked No. 1, are considering. Jones and Okafor have discussed attending the same school for a couple of years now.
The Gophers are still technically on Jones' list -- and he won't say he's eliminated them -- but the guard landing at Minnesota is beyond an outside chance, as he and Okafor remain serious about being a package deal. The two did their official visits at the schools they are considering together.
"We're pretty positive," said Jones on a Monday night radio appearance on 105 The Ticket. "It's not 100 percent that we're going to the same school, but it's up there pretty close to 100."
Okafor will also be announcing on Friday, at his high school.
Jones will be the second of the local 'Big Three' to commit. Minneapolis power forward Reid Travis committed to Stanford on Friday and shooting guard Rashad Vaughn will wait until the spring.
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.
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