Minnesota's 'Big Three' ready for McDonald's All-American Game


The high school basketball season has ended in Minnesota, but not for the "Big Three."

The trio of top recruits Apple Valley point guard Tyus Jones, DeLaSalle power forward Reid Travis and former Robbinsdale Cooper shooting guard Rashad Vaughn, who played his senior season at a prep school near Las Vegas, are practicing in Chicago as they get ready for Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game.

Jones, who is headed to Duke, got off to a great start by winning the skills competition on Monday. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Jones finished a course of dribbling, passing and shooting in 28.1 seconds.

The actual game includes 24 of the nation's best high school players. The history of the event is rich, with some of the most recognizable names in basketball over the last 36 years included.

The likes of Shaquille O'Neal, Danny Manning, Kevin Durant, Derek Rose, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Ervin "Magic" Johnson and Michael Jordan all played, and starred, in the game.

Jones is considered one of the two best point guards in the country, and he'll square off against the other, Emmanuel Mudiay. Slam Online lists it as one of the most intriguing match-ups to watch.

Two players who can dominate a game, but do so with contrasting skill sets. Jones, a 6-1 point guard committed to Duke, is best in the country at running his team. Poised handling the ball under pressure, dictates tempo, and can thread the needle from anywhere on the court. He’ll get the offense into its sets and then execute with perfection. On the other hand, Mudiay is 6-5 with NBA-level handle and shot making ability. He’s more of a freestyle player who uses his natural scoring instincts to create. Mudiay got the better of Jones at the Elite 24 game this past summer; it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out this time around.

Slam Online adds that Vaughn is one of a few "great shooters" that won't surprise anyone if they take some NBA-range 3-pointers. Vaughn will play his college basketball at UNLV. Travis, who recently led DeLaSalle to a third straight state championship, is headed to Stanford.

Fans can follow Jones as he documents his experience in a blog for USA Today.

"I'm definitely looking forward to getting my McDonald's All-American ring," Jones wrote in his latest entry. "That's always a big piece of memorabilia to keep and cherish. I got a ring last year for winning the state title and I loved it."

The McDonald's All-American dunk contest was held on Monday, too, and Jones was used as a prop when fellow Duke recruit Grayson Allen jumped over him for an impressive jam.

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