Duke commits Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor will square off Thursday night on ESPN2, giving the nation a chance to see the two future teammates share the court before they head to play for the Blue Devils next season.
“It will be fun to see Tyus and Jahlil on the court together. The Duke fans will get a glimpse of the pieces they are adding to their team next season,” Apple Valley (MN) coach Zach Goring, whose team hosts Chicago Whitney Young, told SNY.tv.
The 6-foot-2 Jones is coming off a triple-double of 34 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Apple Valley’s 96-90 win over Hopkins on Tuesday. It was his second triple-double of the season.
Apple Valley, meantime, will have to deal with the 6-10 Okafor, the top center in the Class of 2014 and the projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
“The key to any team is the middle of your team, your post man and your lead guard,” longtime New York recruiting analyst Tom Konchalski told SNY.tv. “And that’s what you get. You get the best distributor in the country and the best post player.”
Duke remains in pursuit of 6-11 Texas big man Myles Turner, pitching the angle that Turner and Okafor can form a devastating 1-2 punch in the paint.
Duke assistant Nate James recently watched Turner go for 29 points, 15 rebounds and 9 blocks in an ESPN game.
Turner is also considering Ohio State, Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma State, and plans to sign late.