Apple Valley High School junior Tre Jones is the 2016-17 Gatorade Minnesota Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year and was a finalist for national player of the year, the Gatorade Company announced March 20.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one athlete from each state in 12 high school sports for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. Jones is the fourth Apple Valley High basketball player to receive the award in the 32-year history of the program. His brother, Tyus, won the award three years in a row from 2012 to 2014; Gary Trent, Jr. in 2016 and Bob Martin in 1988.
This season, Jones led Apple Valley to a 26-2 record and a berth in the Class AAAA state tournament. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 23.3 points, 10 rebounds 7.4 assists and 3.6 steals per game during the 28-game regular season. A three-year varsity starter, Jones was selected a member of the All-State Tournament Team as both a freshman and sophomore, and was a member of the USA Basketball Under-16 team that won the 2015 FIBA Americas U-16 Championship.
Off the court, Jones maintains a 3.57 grade-point average in the classroom and volunteers as a youth basketball coach, in an elementary school literacy outreach program and through his church youth group.
As player of the year, Jones will be able to select a youth sports organization to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. He will also have the opportunity to compete for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why his selected organization deserves additional support.