College Basketball Recruiting: Tyus Jones Cuts List to 8

Matt OveringContributor IIINovember 3, 2012

Courtesy of Whitney Keller
Courtesy of Whitney Keller

Tyus Jones, the No. 1 prospect in 2014, has cut his list to eight schools: Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State.

The news comes from his Twitter feed:

I have officially narrowed my college choices to... Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, UNC

— Tyus Jones (@Tyusjones06) November 4, 2012

He was previously considering Georgetown and Stanford, among others.

Jones recently moved up to the No. 1 rank in the 2014 (according to ESPN) when Andrew Wiggins reclassified to the 2013 class.

Minnesota has home court advantage in the top point guard's recruitment, as the best high school junior in the country is from Apple Valley, Minn.

Jones was a key part of the United States' 2012 U17 World Championship win, averaging the most assists on the team.

He's also considering teaming with U17 teammate Jahlil Okafor, the No. 1 center prospect according to ESPN and the No. 2 prospect overall.

Jahlil Okafor said watching the Harrison twins commit to UK "made me think of me and Tyus (Jones) going to school together. It will happen."

— Jason Jordan (@JayJayUSATODAY) October 29, 2012

Okafor's list is Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, DePaul, Duke, Georgetown, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

If we believe Okafor when he says "It will happen," the schools that are on both players' lists are Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Ohio State. 

That effectively removes Baylor, Kansas and Minnesota from contention for both prospects.

The good news? Jones is still considering their programs, and his recruitment could change drastically in the next year. 

For all teams involved, they'll have to wait for the dynamic 2014 prospect to make his decision. It could be over one year away.