LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As Curtis Jones began his senior season at Huntington Prep, there was a leadership void that needed to be filled.
The graduation of Thomas Bryant – the team’s vocal leader and energy guy – was a significant loss. And Jones, along with Michigan State signee Miles Bridges, were thrust into more prominent roles for their senior seasons.
Not only was the loss of Bryant big from a production standpoint, but he was the guy who was the loudest guy on the court for Huntington Prep, according to Jones.
Neosho County Community College (Kan.) forward Freddie McSwain said Monday night that his top two schools are Kansas State and Indiana and that he plans to make a decision following his upcoming visit to Bloomington.
The 6-foot-6 forward visited Kansas State over the weekend and has a visit to Indiana scheduled for April 18-20.
Indiana coach Tom Crean watched McSwain work out on March 29 and offered him a scholarship the same day.
“We’ve been talking for a while,” McSwain told Inside the Hall on Wednesday. “They are a great coaching staff. They’ve been telling me they love my game. They told me I don’t know how good I really can be and they believe in me.”
Neosho’s season ended in the second round of the National Junior College Athlete Association tournament with a 73-72 loss to Gillete College on March 15.
KETTERING, Ohio — IU signee Curtis Jones scored 22 points in his return to the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop, one year after the Huntington Prep (W.V.) guard was selected to the annual basketball showcase’s all-star team.
Huntington Prep led by as many as 11 points and held a six-point lead with less than a minute to play. But the Fighting Irish could not put away Prolific Prep, including missing three of four three throws down the stretch.
On his weekly radio show from the Holiday Inn in Bloomington this past Monday, Tom Crean discussed the three class of 2016 recruits who have signed National Letters of Intent with the Hoosiers: Grant Gelon, Curtis Jones and De’Ron Davis.
Devonte Green, who committed to the program on Saturday, cannot sign until April 13 and was not discussed on the show. Here are Crean’s comments on the three signees and the class as a whole:
“Well Grant was here with his family yesterday (for the Ohio State game), and outside of the one game he played at Warren Central where he just didn’t get many looks, he’s been playing fantastic. I think the other night he had six 3s in the first quarter, and he is just an absolute lights out shooter.
Indiana’s 2016 recruiting class added a fourth member on Saturday evening as point guard Devonte Green committed to the Hoosiers on live television in New York.
The 6-foot-1, 175 pound guard, who plays at Long Island Lutheran in Manhasset, chose the Hoosiers during a live broadcast on News 12.
In a phone conversation with Inside the Hall shortly after the announcement, Green listed several of the factors that led him to make his decision now rather than waiting until the end of his senior season.
“I didn’t want the opportunity to pass,” Green told Inside the Hall. “I really like the school, coach (Tom) Crean and all of the coaching staff.”
He’s rated a three-star prospect and the No. 195 player in the country by the 247Composite. Green’s older brother, Danny, starred in college at North Carolina and now plays for the San Antonio Spurs.
“My brother just told me to stay patient,” Green explained. “And when I make my decision, make sure I feel right about it. The support system and tradition that Indiana has is ridiculous. That’s what really stands out about the school. The whole campus amazed me.”