MOORHEAD - First-round NBA Draft pick Tyus Jones, acquired by the Timberwolves on draft day, sent his condolences to the family of Zach and Connor Kvalvog on Friday via Twitter.
When Jones - an Apple Valley graduate who led Duke to an NCAA Division I national championship - was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 24th pick and immediately traded to the Timberwolves on June 25, Park Christian's basketball Twitter account tweeted to him: "welcome back. One of heavens angels is cheering for you tonight and celebrating your homecoming." Along with the tweet was a picture containing a story about the Kvalvogs.
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"In the last couple of days it has been hard to find a reason to smile, but tonight in the most unlikely of ways it happened. Zach Kvalvog was a basketball player and fan through and through. He loved watching you. Before you even left for Duke, Zach said in this year's draft you would be coming to MN as a wolf. He dreamed of watching his favorite player play for his favorite team. Tonight an angel's wish came true. Zach (was going to be a sr.) and his brother (Conner (was going to be an 8th grader)) passed away on Tuesday (6/23) in a car accident as we were on our way to a team camp in Wisconsin. I know that he was watching from heaven tonight and those brothers celebrated when they saw you were coming home. Welcome back. Thanks for the smiles. Go Wolves."
Jones responded Friday with a tweet of his own to the Kvalvogs and the Park Christian community:
- Tyus Jones (@Tyusjones06) July 3, 2015