Jones leading Blue Devils to the Dance

Tre Jones – Floor leader and clutch performer

Tre Jones

It was arguably the game of the year.

In their Feb. 8 road game against longtime rival North Carolina, Duke rallied from 13 points down in the final 4 1/2 minutes of regulation to tie it at the buzzer on Tre Jones’ fadeaway jumper then won it on Wendell Moore Jr.’s putback of Jones’ airball as time expired in overtime to give the No. 7 Blue Devils a hard-earned 98-96 win.

It was yet another chapter in the history of one of college basketball’s fiercest rivalries, one in which Jones played a starring role by scoring 15 straight points at the end of regulation. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski had nothing but superlatives to offer about his point guard after the game.

“Tre was magnificent,” Coach K said. “It was his best game.”

For the season, too, the 20-year-old sophomore from Apple Valley, Minn., has been very solid, averaging nearly 16 points per game on 44 percent shooting, to go with 6.6 assists, 2.0 steals and a three-point percentage of about 33. He’s the floor leader and leading scorer on a Blue Devils team vying with Louisville and Florida State for the top spot in the ACC (as of mid-February) and primed for a run to the Final Four in March.

He and the Blue Devils will again meet up with the Tar Heels Saturday, March 7, when they close out the regular season against their archrivals at Cameron Indoor Arena in a game airing on ESPN.


Full name: Tre Isiah Jones

Birth date: Jan. 8, 2000

Birthplace: Apple Valley, Minn.

Height/weight: 6 feet, 3 inches/185 pounds

Teams: Duke Blue Devils (2018-present)

Class: Sophomore

Position: Point guard

No.: 3

Honors and achievements: ACC All-Freshman Team (2019); McDonald’s All-American (2018); Minnesota Mr. Basketball (2018); named ACC Co-Player of the Week twice so far in 2019-20

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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