The Minnesota Golden Gophers ended the 2012 calendar year strong with a 76-63 win over Big Ten foe, Michigan State, at home on Saturday. The win propelled Minnesota in the top-10, but New Year’s Eve victory had another positive.
Tyus Jones, the top junior point guard in the country and Minnesota native was in attendance, along with several other top recruits from the state, according to a Charley Walters of twincities.com.
“It was good to see both teams out there, and I was pretty neutral throughout the game, and the Gophers played really well,” Jones told Walters. “It’s definitely something you consider, but you still have to look at more than just who won the game.”
Walters went on to report that there are no favorites in his recruitment yet and that he will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky by the end of the month.
Besides offers from Duke and Minnesota, the 6-foot-1 Jones also has an offer from Michigan State, who dropped the conference opener to the Gophers, as well as North Carolina, Ohio State, Kansas, and Kentucky.
Jones, the Apple Valley High floor general, wasn’t the only Duke target in attendance. Rashad Vaughn, the 6-foot-6 Robbinsdale Cooper High School in Minneapolis was also at the game. The Blue Devils have yet to offer the 2014 shooting guard, who holds offers from Minnesota, Texas, Syracuse, Kansas, Louisville, and Kentucky.
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