Last week MSR columnist Charles Hallman and I went to the Twin Cities Pro-Am at Minnehaha Academy to see some of the metro area’s finest in collegiate and professional basketball.
We just wanted to check out some good basketball. I ended up getting a little more than what I bargained for. While watching Team Tyus go up against EC Playaz, a host of former metro area high school basketball standouts became recognizable.
These former players included, from Team Tyus, Tyus Jones (Apple Valley), Tre Jones (Apple Valley), Jadee Jones (DeLaSalle, Minnetonka), Daniel Oturu (Cretin-Derham Hall), Marvin Singleton (Hopkins), Anthony Tucker (Minnetonka); and from EC Playaz, Raijon Kelly (Cretin-Derham Hall), David Stanley (Roseville), and Quinton Hooker (Park Center).
Tyus Jones, a point guard for the Washington Wizards, led Apple Valley to the Class 4A state title in 2013—where brother Tre Jones helped him as an eighth grader—and went on to lead Duke University to the 2015 NCAA Division I championship while being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player (MOP).
Tre Jones led Apple Valley to two more state championships in 2015 and 2017, went on to earn All-American honors at Duke University, and is currently a point guard for the San Antonio Spurs.
Team Tyus overcame a 20-point deficit to defeat Team EC Playaz in overtime.