Michigan State's Tom Izzo checks in with recruit just hours after NCAA tourney victory


Three hours after his team defeated Memphis in the NCAA tournament in Auburn Hills, Mich., Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo was seated at Target Center with former Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders to watch 2014 point guard Tyus Jones lead Apple Valley (MN) past Park Center (MN)  74-57 to win the Minnesota Class 4A state boys basketball championship Saturday night.


Jones, 6’1” 170lbs, scored 26 points, including 18 of 18 from the free-throw line, had 11 rebounds and eight assists, and propelled his team to the state Class 4A championship game in front of 13,309 Saturday, March 23, at Target Center. After the game, Jones, a two time Olympic gold medalist and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for Minnesota tweeted out, “I AM A STATE CHAMP!!!!!”.  Izzo waited for Jones after the postgame celebration to congratulate him with a strong handshake. Saunders did the same and complimented Jones on his rebounding performance. The junior point guard left little argument as to why he is the nation's No. 2-ranked player and top-ranked point guard for his class with an epic performance in the pinnacle game of his high school basketball career. He finished the season averaging 20.9 points, 7.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 steals while shooting 62 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 84 percent from the free throw line.  He holds offers from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Baylor, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State.