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AV's Tyus Jones and top prep center Jahlil Okafor say they want to play college ball together

By Marcus R. Fuller, Pioneer Press

Apple Valley High School junior point guard Tyus Jones shoots a jumper with USA teammate Jahlil Okafor (No. 15) looking on during the gold medal game at the Under-17 World Championship in Lithuania. (Photo courtesy of USA basketball, via Pioneer Press)

Last summer, Apple Valley point guard Tyus Jones and fellow class of 2014 blue-chipper Jahlil Okafor flirted with the idea of playing basketball together in college. This summer, they say they're serious about making that happen.

How serious? They're basically saying it's going to happen, that it's just a matter of finding the right fit for both. The list of programs offering the two high school juniors-to-be scholarships is six deep right now: Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State, Arizona, Baylor and, yes, Minnesota.

"We're most definitely excited to do it," said Jones, who won a gold medal with Okafor and Team USA on July 8 at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Lithuania. "We're very serious about doing it and think it's going to happen."

This is where local fans start to picture a dream scenario along the lines of the Minnesota Wild nabbing...

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