Tre Jones: Background

Background bullet points:

  • 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’s Steps

    • 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.

  • Early Commit

    • 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

  • Championship Pedigree

    • 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.