2016 guard Curtis Jones commits to Indiana

  • 09/19/2015 9:24 am in

Class of 2016 four-star guard Curtis Jones, the No. 83 player in the country according to the 247Composite, committed to Indiana on Saturday.

Jones announced the news on his Twitter account:

Jones cited several factors for choosing the Hoosiers in a text message to Inside the Hall.

“The relationship I had with the coaching staff and players,” Jones said. “They do a great job at developing players, it’s a good fit for my game and they have a family environment.”

As a junior at Huntington Prep (W.V.), Jones averaged 15.3 points and 3.9 assists per game while teaming with current IU freshman Thomas Bryant and IU target Miles Bridges. Indiana is one of three finalists for Bridges, who is also considering Kentucky and Michigan State.

He chose the Hoosiers over Georgetown, California and Oklahoma State and also had offers from Cincinnati, Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia and West Virginia, among others.

Jones is the third player from the Boo Williams AAU program to commit to Indiana in recent years, joining Troy Williams and Robert Johnson.

In his final season on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit, Jones averaged 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He shot 35.4 percent on 3s.

Following the family’s official visit to Bloomington last month, Curtis Jones Sr. told Inside the Hall that he walked away with a “great feel” for Indiana basketball.

“In talking with my wife, my family and my son, we really felt good about the visit and what Indiana has to offer,” Jones Sr. said. “But not only that, the fans. You could feel the pride when we went across campus. Everybody takes being a Hoosier personal and there’s a sense of pride. You can feel that as well.

“We really enjoyed the visit. From the academic side, obviously from the basketball side, just getting to know Indiana basketball, Indiana the university, we walked away from it knowing that Indiana is a great place.”

(Photo credit: Ned Dishman/Under Armour)

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  • Brad


  • HoosierStuckInKY

    C’mon now, what AAU team is known for their defense tho?


    Exactly. Nothing about AAU is teaching players to play defense or skill or paying attention to detail. It is about dunking, flashy passes and making mixtapes.

  • straight no chaser

    Your response is the perfect example of your obfuscating way of using numbers. At my age of 47, I might be one of the more apt voices for striking the delicate balance of learning the lessons of history with a view to the future. Just saying that my ideas are 30 years old makes no argument and no point. Don’t hide behind what the corporations, media and marketing campaigns are telling you you should think about the game. Changes take place in the game, but they are not just a function of time. Good coaches and players have a timeless vision of the game, and they adapt it to the circumstances at hand. But it’s still ten players divided into two teams of five, each of which is chasing after one ball and trying to drop it through one of two buckets, with the goal of scoring more points than the other team. It’s not complicated, so quit obfuscating by appealing to the mythology of the new and the modern. You are actually an outdated positivist.


    Yea… sorry this isn’t a book or movie. This is real life. Things change. It is 2015. Not 1985.

  • straight no chaser

    Your obfuscating discourse is not “real life”. Nothing is real life. The discourse on “reality” is just a way for those enjoying its fruit to normalize it as a default way of being.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    That’s exactly my point tho. Don’t you think its a little excessive to generalize that just bc a player plays for a certain AAU team that their defense is “non existing?” I’ll admit I haven’t kept up with the Boo Williams players that IU didn’t have an interest in, but have you? If not, then how can you say that just assume that all the players from that group have non-existent defense? I just don’t understand how you assume the worst seemingly all the time until its proven otherwise.


    Well from the two we had last year… neither could play D. Maybe thats just Crean’s system or the players didn’t care enough. But they came from that background.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    But most players come from AAU teams that don’t emphasize defense, that doesn’t mean its automatically non-existent.


    The majority of his regular season players go to smaller schools actually. We’ve gotten Troy and RJ. Cat Barber went to NC State.


    But with ours it has been. Some players can just put in the effort on both sides. Ours can’t. That’s gotta come from somewhere. Is it AAU? Crean? Just then being lazy?

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I think its a probably a portion of all of those. For one, I just think it’s harder to play and coach defense. Everyone knows that when you put the ball in the basket its good, but less know how to approach a ball handler vs. a shooter, how to take a charge, etc. Offense is just easier to play. The crowd cheers when you score, but the crowd rarely cheers when you move your feet correctly to stay in front of your man. Its easier to know how to get open vs. where to stand on off-ball D so that you’re man doesn’t get open.

  • MK

    i am god


    Defense is effort. Mainly anyways. But those are things that should be taught in grade school. It’s almost like it isn’t. Someone like Troy should be a great wing defender. Yet he seems lost often on that end. Yogi’s help defense is atrocious as well.


    Good observation, agree.

  • Ole Man

    Right back to you, chaser.

  • Mr. Mitchell

    What’s funny is who the coach was 10-11 years ago

  • Corey Schroyer

    Lol this made me chuckle a little given the propensity of IU teams to have high scoring offense and atrocious defense. But as in both sports there are individuals who shine brighter than the rest of the team, I wouldn’t put Troy in the bottom 4 of our starters defensively last year lol