Spotlight on No. 6: Tyus Jones, Duke
Jones announced his college decision on the same day as Duke teammate and No. 1 recruit Jahlil Okafor, with whom he was considered a so-called package deal. The 6-1, 180-pound Jones is often praised for his poise and good decision-making, but do not underestimate his athleticism
. Even if he does not start -- Quinn Cook has one more year of eligibility remaining -- Jones’ polished game will help him earn major minutes right away. While he may not be viewed in quite the same light
as teammates Winslow and Okafor among NBA scouts, Jones has the potential to be just as successful at the college level. Given his developed skills and high basketball IQ, it seems unlikely Jones will require a long adjustment period. The same can be said, of course, for Okafor, and there may be no duo of incoming freshmen that makes a bigger impact on their respective teams this season. There will be more hype surrounding Okafor – projected NBA draft No. 1 picks, no matter how early in the process, tend to get noticed – but the less heralded component of The Great Package Deal of 2014
figures to draw plenty of attention.