Q & A: 2013 guard R.J. Curington

R.J. Curington spends the school year at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, but the class of 2013 guard is an Indiana native. Curington is originally from Dyer and spends his time in Northwest Indiana when he has breaks from school.

Inside the Hall caught up with the 6-foot-5, 190 pound guard for a Q & A on Wednesday evening:

How would you describe your game on the court?

“I’m a combo guard who can shoot, pass, dribble and defend. I think the area I need to improve is just my overall point guard skills. I need to get better with the ball in my hands as a point guard.”

What schools contacted you on June 15?

“Indiana, Purdue, Virginia, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Clemson, Stanford, Harvard, Miami, Illinois, North Carolina and Central Michigan.”

What do you think of Indiana and Tom Crean?

“I like Coach Crean a lot. We talk a lot. I like IU’s history and that they’ve had a lot of good players.”

What are your thoughts on the other home state school, Purdue?

“Coach Painter comes to a lot of our games and practices at Oak Hill. Purdue has good fans, a nice gym and it’s a good overall school.”

Have you visited Indiana?

“Yes. They want me to visit again, either sometime before July starts, or right after it ends.”

What are you looking for in a school?

“I’m looking for a school that can give me the most exposure, but also with great academics. I want a school with a great coach who cares about me and I feel comfortable with. I also want to play somewhere where I feel that I can win a National Championship at.”

How could location affect your college decision?

“I’m just looking for the best fit for me, so I don’t think distance will play too much of a role.”

What are your favorite sports to play other than basketball?

“When I’m not playing basketball, I really like to play tennis and golf.”

Scouting Notes:

Scout.com from the Best Buy Classic:

Although we only go to see him once this weekend, Curington was certainly at his best. The 6-foot-4 guard scored at will during an 8 a.m. game, scoring 30 plus points for CIA Bounce. He hit a number of three-pointers and mixed in strong drives to the rim and finishes in transition. He appears to be improving and that’s exactly what we are looking for in a 2013 prospect.

ESPN.com:

Curington is a long and athletic wing that has a knack to score the ball. He can finish above the rim on the break when ahead of the transition defense or spot up for an open three and benefit from a teammates dribble penetration. In the half court Curington can hit the open jumper off the catch or dribble and has the ability to shoot over smaller defenders with his one or two dribble mid range rhythm pull up. Curington is a coachable player that loves to play the game and does a great of taking what the defense gives him. Curington has great upside and will only get better as he continues to develop in the Oak Hill program.

  • Anonymous

    I like the sounds of this guy.  Both his game and personality.  He seems to fit perfectly with what we are trying to put together.  If he continue to progress with the ball in his hands he would be a guard / wing-type player I wouldn’t mind seeing to compliment Yogi and play off of the ball.

    It too sounds like IU might be what he would be looking for as well.

    He sounds legit!

  • N71

    Oak Hill + Indiana = bad news?

    This is not a comment on R.J., instead about Oak Hill.  I live in Indianapolis and have had some exposure to 2 different NCAA investigators who after a few drinks talked about the process they go through in identifying potential issues.  One of the VERY first things they look for is kids coming out of certain schools.  They described these schools as nothing more than basketball camps masking as schools.  They drop in unannounced at 2 pm for example on any given day and the kids are playing basketball.  They spend very little time developing as students yet see marked improvement in GPA.  Strangely, they suddenly get much better at basketball…because that’s all they’re doing.  I get the impression that Oak Hill is one of these schools and am therefore leary considering what we’ve had to go through in recent years.  The COMPLETE opposite for example is Park Tudor, one of the top 5 schools in the state of Indiana where nearly every kid is a solid student.  I may love RJ, Hammons, or DSR but why go to Oak Hill if you live in Indiana and attend North Central for example?  Makes me concerned.

  • N71

    Oak Hill + Indiana = bad news?

    This is not a comment on R.J., instead about Oak Hill.  I live in Indianapolis and have had some exposure to 2 different NCAA investigators who after a few drinks talked about the process they go through in identifying potential issues.  One of the VERY first things they look for is kids coming out of certain schools.  They described these schools as nothing more than basketball camps masking as schools.  They drop in unannounced at 2 pm for example on any given day and the kids are playing basketball.  They spend very little time developing as students yet see marked improvement in GPA.  Strangely, they suddenly get much better at basketball…because that’s all they’re doing.  I get the impression that Oak Hill is one of these schools and am therefore leary considering what we’ve had to go through in recent years.  The COMPLETE opposite for example is Park Tudor, one of the top 5 schools in the state of Indiana where nearly every kid is a solid student.  I may love RJ, Hammons, or DSR but why go to Oak Hill if you live in Indiana and attend North Central for example?  Makes me concerned.

  • HoosierDavey

    Well, sounds like we are what he’s looking for….

  • HoosierDavey

    Well, sounds like we are what he’s looking for….

  • Anonymous

    Haha. I agree. Not a lot of poor students I know get knocks from Harvard, Standford and Northwestern and openly claim golf and tennis as thier out-of-gym hobbies.  I think we are safe with RJ.

  • Anonymous

    Unrelated note: Is that really AJ Guyton on twitter that Peegs retweeted today? God I loved that guy.  He wasn’t as good as Calbert Chaney (few are) but man I’d like to see him around the program in some form.

  • N71

    He must be a strong student then, I did not research BJ enough.  I made the same mistake with Brandon Knight not realizing he was a good guy, just lumped him in with Calipari and UK and assumed the worst.  RJ looks like a nice prospect.  Oak Hill, according to bob85 is great, they were even investigated by the NCAA just for fun.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Yaay!  Another guard!  We are linked with so many guys, it’s kind of difficult to sort through all of it. 

    Anyway…I think we all agree the Big Ten is going to be down next year.  So, it’s kind of odd there are no former Big Ten players projected to go in the first round of the NBA Draft tonight.  I don’t believe this is a knock on the overall quality of the league last year and I am not saying there weren’t good teams in the league last year.  However, this is clearly an indication of elite level individual talent in the conference.  

    Also, a tweeted question above, who is the next Indiana player to be drafted…I think it is going to be Hanner Perea after his sophomore season.  The league loves elite level athletes and Hanner is the definition of it.  

  • Anonymous

    Sullinger elected to stay in school or he’d be top ten.  JJ will probably go late first round and his buddy Moore will be a second rounder.  Lighty will go late second not sure what Battle will do. 

  • Anonymous

    Sullinger elected to stay in school or he’d be top ten.  JJ will probably go late first round and his buddy Moore will be a second rounder.  Lighty will go late second not sure what Battle will do. 

  • Anonymous

    Sullinger elected to stay in school or he’d be top ten.  JJ will probably go late first round and his buddy Moore will be a second rounder.  Lighty will go late second not sure what Battle will do. 

  • Anonymous

    Sullinger elected to stay in school or he’d be top ten.  JJ will probably go late first round and his buddy Moore will be a second rounder.  Lighty will go late second not sure what Battle will do. 

  • base

    The golf and tennis were surprising. The kid likes to be active and on the go. Sounds like he has Crean energy but, Coach doesn’t golf, instead he sends Bennie Seltzer.

  • base

    The golf and tennis were surprising. The kid likes to be active and on the go. Sounds like he has Crean energy but, Coach doesn’t golf, instead he sends Bennie Seltzer.

  • base

    Yep. The kid sounds as if he has the world by the short hairs and prolly is too humble to realize it. Coach’s dream about kids like that.

  • base

    Yep. The kid sounds as if he has the world by the short hairs and prolly is too humble to realize it. Coach’s dream about kids like that.

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