dreams + drive


From Apple Valley to All-American

As a kid growing up in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Tyus played on traveling teams several grades ahead of his own and led every team along the way. It was here where Tyus learned the art of team basketball, making everyone around him better. Whether it be starting at point guard on his high school team for five years and leading them to their first ever state title, taking the Howard Pulley AAU team to the Nike Peach Jam, winning an AAU National Championship or winning three gold medals with USA Basketball, Tyus has won at every level.

The Duke Dream

With offers from every major college basketball program in the country, Tyus was inspired by what Duke Basketball exemplified. This meant carrying the highest standard both on and off the court, playing for arguably the best coach of all time in Mike Krzyzewski, and understanding that all eyes were on him and that his actions represented a much larger community than himself. That decision, as it turned out, wrote his own chapter in Duke’s storied basketball history. Tyus led many game-winning performances throughout the 2014-2015 season, however, none more dramatic than the deep three with only seconds remaining in the NCAA championship game. This epic performance as a true freshman led his Duke team to an NCAA Championship and earned Tyus the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. Tyus will forever be remembered by his iconic photo that graced the cover of Sports Illustrated.

NBA 2.0

In 2015, Duke’s run to an NCAA National Championship included Minnesota’s own Tyus Jones. Following this incredible season which encompassed Tyus being named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, he declared for the NBA draft. In June of 2015, Tyus was selected in the first round as the 24th pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Within minutes, the Timberwolves traded to bring the hometown hero back to Minnesota. After spending four seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tyus capped off his Minnesota run as the NBA’s all-time assist-to-turnover leader at an incredible 6.96-to-1 ratio for the 2018-19 season. With his rookie contract coming to an end, the Memphis Grizzlies presented a great opportunity to Tyus signing him as a free agent. Tyus continues his hard work and dedication at his new home in Memphis. His goals and dreams continue to be a reality!

passion + purpose


Family & Faith

Tyus’ internal compass was calibrated long before he ever set foot on an NBA court. His family and faith are the cornerstones of his journey that empower him to chase dreams and always maintain character regardless of success or failure. When Tyus isn’t acting as a leader on the court, he’s relaxing at home, spending time with his family or giving back to the community. Tyus takes pride in being the first NBA Ambassador for the United Heroes League organization that benefits the children of military families and is inspiring kids through his Write Your Own Story Technology Lab initiative which is renovating and refurbishing computer labs in schools. Tyus hosts his own summer basketball camps as a way to continue to give back and inspire the youth in Minnesota and the surrounding states. Through these events he enjoys sharing his knowledge and love for the game of basketball.

Write Your Own Story

Growing up, Tyus was encouraged by something he heard often, “Tyus, you have to write your own story.” This motto became the fuel for his future. Write Your Own Story is about controlling the things you can control in your life and working to be great at whatever you choose. Your life is your story and you are the author of it. Tyus believes in staying true to yourself and helping others along the way. Tyus enjoys inspiring kids to learn how to write their own story and to chase their dreams, no matter how big or small.

WYOS Technology Labs

Tyus is sharing this mantra with others by refurbishing and donating new technology labs for kids. He calls it - the Write Your Own Story Technology Lab. Following his second installment, the immediate impact at Excell Academy (Brooklyn Park, MN) and Westview Elementary (Apple Valley, MN) proves that these upgraded labs are a perfect opportunity to empower students to learn their passions, discover what interests them, and give them a role model to look up to.

Camps and Clinics

Tyus learned at a young age how important fundamentals were in the game of basketball. Studying the game by watching and learning from his older brother Jadee, he knew mastering the basics were critical for his development. Today, Tyus wants to inspire a new generation of kids to workout with purpose by learning these same fundamentals. Whether he's helping beginners with the basic skills or helping more experienced players take their game to the next level, Tyus knows the value of great coaching and influential leaders. At the Tyus Jones Basketball Camps, he will give kids an opportunity to connect with premier coaches and learn from some of the best. Tyus believes the skills learned on the basketball court can be the foundation for a successful life outside the gym.

Your life is your story and you are the author of it.

–Tyus Jones

Rochester, MN

Develop your game at the Tyus Jones Basketball Camp! Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled player, there’s always room to improve your game. Connect with Tyus and his premier coaching staff to hone your skills through competitions and drills used by Tyus himself.

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