For Tyus Jones basketball flows in his genes. Jones’ career has taken a steep climb since he was named the 24th overall Cleveland Cavaliers team in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. He quickly moved to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he began his professional basketball career as a point guard. From his basketball family to his love life Here are all the facts you need to know about Jones’ career and personal life.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
Tyus Robert Jones was born on May 10, 1996, in Apple Valley, Minnesota, the second son of Debbie and Robert Jones. He comes from a family of basketball players and was named by his parents after Tyus Edney, a retired professional basketball player who played as a point guard for the Sacramento Kings between 1995 and 2010. A former UCLA player, Tyus Edney began his coaching career with the UCLA Bruins in 2017.
Basketball was a natural progression for Tyus Jones, who became a fan of Space Jam at the age of 4 and consequently idolized Michael Jordan. In high school, Jones explored his athletic side by playing soccer, baseball, and basketball. He attended Apple Valley High School, where he turned to basketball. Jones became a starter in the 8th grade and attracted the attention of colleges from the first year of college.
To round out his high school career, Jones signed on at Duke University on November 15, 2013. He led his team to the NCAA Division 1 title in 2015 and was the MVP of the final. Jones had such an outstanding college career that the mayor of his hometown in the Apple Valley declared April 22 as Tyus Jones Day. Tyus’ college career lasted only one year, after which he joined the NBA Draft in 2015.
Tyus Jones has been friends with NBA star Jahlil Okafor since the age of 8.
Tyus Jones, after being sold to the Minnesota Timberwolves, signed his first contract on July 7, 2015, which was a 4-year contract valued at $6.53 million with all money guaranteed. Jones earned a base salary of $1.28 million in his first year. On average, the point guard takes home a salary of $1.63 million. In 2018, Jones is due to renew his contract with the wolves.
Tyus Jones Brother and Parents
Tyus Jones comes from a family with a long history in basketball. Both his parents – Debbie Jones and Robert Jones – played basketball. His mother Deb played as a point guard for Devils Lake High School and led the team to the championship at North Dakota High School. After that, she played at the college level. His father Rob, a towering 6’3″ tall figure, also played college level and represented the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Division III in the 1980s.
Although both of Jones’ parents were basketball stars themselves, he pays tribute to his mother, Deb, who has coached him in the game since childhood. Jones’ parents are divorced. From his parents’ marriage, Jones has two brothers, an older brother, Jadee Jones, and a younger brother, Tre Jones, who are both basketball players. They both played college basketball at Duke University.
Tyus also has a half-brother named Reggie Bunch, who played for Robert Morris in 2010 as NAIA All-American. In addition to his parents and brothers, Tyus has cousins, uncles, and aunts who are basketball players.
Who’s His Girlfriend?
Tyus Jones has a woman in his life. Although the point guard is one of those stars who keep their romantic lives largely off the media, Tyus has let the world know that he is not single, at least through a handful of Instagram posts. Jones and his mysterious girl are in a long-term relationship. Although he has made her photos available to the whole world, she remains a mystery to the media as Jones has never dropped her name. In the few Instagram posts Jones has displayed her, he calls her by names like “my rock”, “my other half” and even dropped the three powerful words “I love you”. The B-Baller seems to post about her only on her birthday, and luckily we know that the Beautiful was born on July 23.
Tyus used to be with Alyssa Goehner, his childhood sweetheart. She played volleyball at Lakeville High School and later at the University of Minnesota. They dated back to the time when Tyus was at Duke.
Tyus’ Height and Weight
According to Jones’ player profile on the official website of the National Basketball Federation, he stands at 1.88 m, which is 1.88 m. His weight is up to 184 lb, which is about 83.5 kg.