Duke Basketball: Tre Jones is the floor general this Blue Devils team needs

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Tre Jones entered Duke underrated, but he had very high expectations and he has proven that he is the floor general this Duke Basketball team needs.

Most generals exemplify authority and power, with superiority and high ranking.

Military generals that command with leadership, but how would a person be a commander or a general, when it comes to dribbling the basketball?

I’m speaking in terms of a “Floor General”.

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Just ask Duke freshman point guard Tre Jones about his commanding duties for the Blue Devils.

He walks in the shadow of his older brother Tyus Jones, a former Blue Devil who led Duke to an NCAA National title during the 2014-15 season, now playing in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Now, Tre Jones has to walk in his own shadow.

Generating Duke’s offense, and throwing dimes.

We can talk about Duke’s three other freshman stars for days, but let’s use a different analogy with Tre Jones.

He is Duke’s “Floor General”.

He’s six foot, two inches, a native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, with a very high basketball IQ, and a visionary.

Important and key attributes for a true point guard.

And he throws dimes, not like the ones you throw in a karaoke machine at the dance club in New York City on Broadway.

But ones that make his team more prosperous when it comes to wins and losses.

Jones helped Apple Valley High School capture the Minnesota 4A State Title, in addition to three South Suburban Conference Championships.

According to ESPN.com, Jones was ranked the No. 17 overall prospect in the 2018 class, and the No. 2 point guard in the country.

Being able to generate offenses and command with leadership, the scholarship offers flew from all over.

The five-star prospect had offers from Arizona, Baylor, Memphis, Ohio State, Texas Tech, Minnesota, Oregon, and UCLA.

Choosing Duke above all, was his best decision. A decision for better ball distribution in Coach K’s offense this season. Distributing the basketball is never an issue for Tre Jones.

In the wake of Duke’s three other star freshmen, Jones has become the floor general for Duke University basketball this season.

Jones averages 9.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 6.0 assists a game for the Blue Devils.

Whether it’s a floater, a no look pass to Zion Williamson for a one-handed dunk, or a behind the back dish to R.J. Barrett for a deep trey,  Jones finds his teammates without even blinking an eye.

A visionary doesn’t have to blink on the court, because they can see the next play before it comes to fruition.

Jones is just exceptional.

A lustrous passer, and a skilled ball-handler.

The type of ball-handler to break ankles. Sending defenders to the hospital on stretchers from crossovers. And, broken ankles from crossovers usually require medical treatment. Try and defend a crossover, then you’ll understand.

But back to his commanding orders in Durham.

Ordinarily, Coach K is Duke’s commander from the sideline, but Tre Jones is the commander and chief on the floor.

Fans, you’ve seen art, but you haven’t seen the type of art Tre Jones paints on the court with his passes.

It’s more than just a canvas of offensive schemes.

He commands, and leads.

Call him what you want, but when it comes to superiority and authority, categorize him correctly.

Tre is a “Basketball General”, you understand? Of all the commanding generals, Tre Jones is the “Floor General”.