Editor's note: Every week in "Starting 5," we'll roll out five stories, themes and nuggets from the basketball recruiting world to set the table with the stories that need to be told and give you a leg up on the watercooler conversations around the office.
This week's EYBL-heavy edition of Starting 5 includes a breakdown of No. 1 junior point guard Tyus Jones, why freshman Harry Giles is already attracting elite attention, six top performers from this past weekend's Hampton EYBL, six players to buy stock in and the semantics of a scholarship offer.
1. The beauty of Tyus Jones
The stat line, for a player of his stature, blew no one away: 22 points, 7-for-13 field goals, 1-for-4 on 3-pointers, 7-for-8 from the line, four rebounds, four assists and two turnovers. Having seen No. 1 junior point guard Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley) dozens of times before, those numbers from one of Jones' games this past weekend at the Nike EYBL in Hampton, Va., don't move me.
But I was there for the game, and what I saw was amazing. And that's the difference with Jones.