Tre Jones: Background
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Hometown: Burnsville, MN
JUST LIKE: Tyus Jones, Cole Aldrich, Lindsey Vonn (Olympic skier), Brock Boeser (NHL)
High School: Apple Valley (MN)
JUST LIKE: Tyus Jones, Gary Trent Jr., Trevor Laws (NFL), Karl Goehring (NHL), Maria Thayer (actress)
Land of 1,000 Lakes
Won 2018 Minnesota Mr. Basketball
JUST LIKE: Kevin McHale (‘76), Jim Petersen (‘80), Kris Humphries (‘03), Royce White (‘09), Tyus Jones (‘14)
Brother Tyus Jones was a freshman on the 2014-15 Duke Blue Devils team that won the national championship. Tyus went from a player likely to return after his freshman season to a lottery pick.
Tre’s other older brother, Jadee Jones, played college basketball for Furman before returning to Minnesota and becoming a basketball coach at Apple Valley High School
Bring Home the Gold
Won a gold medal at the 2015 FIBA Americas on the USA’s U16 team. Played alongside Wendell Carter Jr., Gary Trent Jr., Jarred Vanderbilt, Kevin Knox, Markus Howard
Despite being one of the younger participants he led the tournament in steals. His total of 19 broke the American U16 record set by Malik Newman in 2013.
Although he did not officially commit to Duke until August 13, 2017—still relatively early among his fellow 5-star recruits—for years it was all but certain he would follow his brother Tyus to Durham, NC.
Age Doesn’t Matter
Tre’s brother Tyus became a varsity starter at Apple Valley as an eighth grader
Tre followed suit, joining the varsity squad as an eighth grader, not starting only because Tyus was still on the team as a senior
As an eighth-grader Tre Jones was on the Apple Valley team that lost in the state title game in double overtime.
Now starting as a ninth-grader he helped his team win the state title, and again as a junior he led the team to a state title
Doing it all
After his sophomore season Gary Trent Jr. left to play his senior season in Napa, California. That meant Tre Jones was the unquestioned leader of his high school team.
He responded by leading his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He also logged seven triple doubles in all.
Wouldn’t Miss it
Tre Jones made his NCAA debut in the CBS Champions Classic against the Kentucky Wildcats. His brother Tyus Jones wanted to be there, but his Minnesota Timberwolves were on a West Coast road trip and he couldn’t find a flight to get him there in time for the game and back at a decent hour
Jones’ teammate at the time, Jimmy Butler, stepped up and chartered a flight for Tyus to be there. Although Butler would later leave the team under tense circumstances, Tyus had nothing but great things to say about Butler.
Tre Jones, with his brother in the stands, was part of a Duke attack that walloped the Wildcats, 118-84.