Over the weekend, the potential future of Duke basketball went head-to-head in the battle of two of the top players in Minnesota high school basketball.
Two of the nation’s top juniors, Tyus Jones of Apple Valley High and Rashad Vaughn of Robbinsdale Cooper High went at it at the Target Center, with the nation’s top junior, Jones, taking the 80-70 win on Saturday.
While Jones – who ended with 18 points, eight assists, and four rebounds led Apple Valley to a win – Vaughn dropped 35 points (half his team’s total points).
The 6-foot-1 point guard is returning from an injury, but Jones continued to display the qualities of premier point guard in high school basketball.
“He’s the definition of a true point guard,” teammate Dustin Fronk told Tim Leighton following the game. “He is so unselfish, and everyone has now seen that about him. He tells me if I get open, he will get me the ball. He does that for all of his teammates.”
Vaughn, the 6-foot-6 wing, scored his 35 points on a 14-of-33 shooting, including several NBA-range three’s. His shooting performance wowed some in attendance and was even noticed by the opposing point guard.
“He scored the ball and hit some good shots,” Jones said of Vaughn.
Duke is in the mix for Jones along with Baylor, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Minnesota, and Kentucky.
Vaughn has plenty of offers, including some from Syracuse, Minnesota, Maryland, Texas, Baylor, Kansas, Iowa State, Illinois, Louisville, and Kentucky. However, Duke has yet to offer Vaughn.
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