2017-2018 Player Profile: Curtis Jones

  • 10/24/2017 8:32 am in

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ve transitioned from our look at other Big Ten programs to our player-by-player previews of the 2017-18 Indiana roster. Today, our profiles continue with a look at Curtis Jones.

In Indiana’s thrilling 103-99 overtime win over Kansas to open the 2016-17 season, Curtis Jones showed why he was a coveted recruit nationally in the 2016 class.

Jones went for 15 points in just 16 minutes off the bench and made several key plays to help lift the Hoosiers to a win that catapulted them into the top 10 nationally. The Richmond (Va.) native hit a trio of 3-pointers and had the highest offensive rating of any Hoosier in the game.

Unfortunately for Jones and for Indiana, that win was the high mark of the season. Jones scored in double figures just once more as a freshman and by the end of the season, he was a fringe rotation player.

As he enters his second season in Bloomington, Jones has a fresh start with a chance to play under a new coaching staff and on a roster that has a need for perimeter scoring. The departure of James Blackmon Jr. means that Indiana has 30.5 minutes and 17 points to replace in its rotation.

The first order of business in the offseason for Jones was better preparing his body for the rigors of the Big Ten. Archie Miller talked about the need for Jones to change his body in late May at the IU Tailgate Tour stop in Borden.

“We have to change Curtis’ body for his game to change,” Miller said on May 31 at Huber’s. “He’s on that. When he goes out there, people should say, ‘wow, he looks a lot different.’ And that’s going to give him a chance to be a better player. But he’s working hard at it.”

In order to accomplish that goal, Jones opted to stay on campus for the summer with the coaching staff and director of athletic performance, Clif Marshall, rather than spending four weeks at home.

“Curtis was going to go home for about a four-week period of time,” Miller said in late May. “He changed his mind and now he’s been back the whole time. Just getting a chance to get to know him a little bit better and being with him everyday, great kid, tremendous energy level, is working extremely hard.”

The challenge for Jones now becomes translating a productive offseason to the court.

As a freshman, he shot a respectable 35 percent on 3s, but struggled inside the arc. Jones made just 35.4 percent of his 2s last season and just 48 percent at the rim, the lowest percentage of any IU player.

In Saturday’s Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage, he was one of the more assertive offensive players on the floor, which is something Indiana will need to continue once the regular season tips off.

Bottom Line: Indiana has five guards competing for rotation spots and all of them bring different things to the table. Jones will need to prove he can capably defend under a new coaching staff that demands it. Offensively, he’s one of the best pure shooters on the roster and as he showed at times as a freshman, is capable of getting hot from the perimeter. On a team that will be looking for offense, Jones has a chance to take a major step forward as a sophomore.

Quotable: “I really just wanted to get the most out of summer. I wanted to come in and have a good impact this year on the team and help the team as much as I could. So I felt like staying, getting to know the coaches better, working out with some of my teammates was a good decision for me.” – Jones at IU’s media day in late September.

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  • E Foy McNaughton

    There is a simple code on inside the hall, we don’t suggest or speak of transfers.

  • Ivan Renko

    i was disputing the post suggesting a transfer

  • pcantidote

    Except that is the schedule every year. I don’t see a way around the Michigan/PSU/MSU/OSU wall. It is even more agonizing because we used to lose games 45-42, and now we lose them 13-10. WTF!!!

  • Brad

    Both. Then I’ll give you the “movement” class and the debate will be over. Crean is gone. He was canned, fired, terminated, let go. For every sweet 16 there was a Nit or no tournament appearance. Look at his time at Marquette post Wade. He can’t sustain long term success. He can catch a flash in a pan like any other coach, but can’t build off of it.

  • Dasstoni

    Lol are u going to comment on every one of my posts you psycho?

  • Ivan Renko

    If I told you Archie would bring in 5 McD’s All-Americans and win the BIG10 twice within the next 5 years, we’d probably be pretty happy as fans.

    TC did that after recovering from the dumpster fire of a program he inherited.

    every coach has their flaws, we’re going to see some of Archie’s flaws this year.

    obviously TC’s flaws got him fired as you so eloquently stated. and with such conclusivity, it seems like you are ready to let him go. But you seem to be the one to constantly bring him up to bash and degrade him. (hint, let it go, the future is bright)

  • Boom!

  • JimmyChittwood

    True. I’ve been reading posts for two years without actually posting, mostly because if you disagree/ say something that a few of the regulars disagree with you get roasted. Unfortunate really.

  • cbags05

    I was as low as you are currently on Newkirk at the mid point last season….but the dude was coming off ACL recovery and sitting out more than a year due to transferring. Second half of the season he improved dramatically and ended on a very high note. Did you watch the games?

  • marcusgresham

    I said this on a previous thread, but I think it’s worth repeating. Archie Miller is the best thing that can happen for Josh Newkirk, and there are two previous examples of why–Jamie Dixon & Tom Crean.
    Newkirk is easily the fastest player on this team. Unfortunately for him, he chose to begin his college career playing in the drudgery that is the Pittsburgh offense. That’s like buying a Ferrari when you know you’re going to spend every day in rush-hour traffic.
    He left that to come to Indiana. Crean’s offense is a far faster pace; the downside here was that there was no priority put on valuing possession. Newkirk then simply tried to outrun everybody on every play (as a mediocre-at-best PG who was a pretty bad-ass sprinter in my younger days, I recognized from experience what he was doing….no, I’m not calling Josh “mediocre-at-best;” that descriptor is for me.)
    Archie is going to have him play at a faster pace than Pitt, but not at a level that sacrifices control like IU has recently.
    You’re also ignoring the fact that Newkirk is one of the best defenders on the roster–a characteristic that is very important to Miller.

  • Larry Brown

    ?????? JN is good. Super quick, improved shot, gets to the rim very well, should be solid defender with the right coach. Good grief, your comment is ridiculous, especially considering how JN played late last season

  • marcusgresham

    I’ll be one of the first to admit I was pretty down on Newkirk early in the year, but by the end of the season he was carrying the team at times.

  • StudentHoosier

    CUUUUUUUUJO

  • Larry Brown

    May you eat those words. I think you will, big time

  • Arch Puddington

    You know, you’re not the first on ITH (or the Forum, to which I used to belong) to wonder if I am a numbers guy professionally. The reality is, if not quite the opposite, at least very far removed. I use numbers only occasionally, and not in very sophisticated ways. I just think that sports are rich with data that can help turn otherwise silly and shallow debates into real discussions about the merits of one thing or another. I don’t like shouting matches and name calling, but I do enjoy the back-and-forth that comes from real critical thought — claims backed up by evidence, arguments based on something other than pure partisanship, etc.

  • marcusgresham

    Does that mean if James Blackmon gets called up from the G-League this guy’s going to march down Kirkwood until Vijay gets more PT?

  • Arch Puddington

    No, it’s time those of us who sit in the stands and post online take back our sports teams from the coaches and other elites who think they know better than us. I say we storm Cook Hall and set things right once and for all.

  • marcusgresham

    As for Justin Smith, one of the highlights of Hoosier Hysteria was his father.
    We saw this guy walking around with a video camera just filming the line waiting to get in the arena. He said, “First time experience for me. My son’s a freshman this year.” I asked him which one and he got a pretty good cheer when he said “Justin Smith.”

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    I agree; look when Newkirk played against Yogi during Yogi’s senior year, after his knee had healed, Yogi stated how hard it was going against him in practices. CM was a point guard, let him make that decision as he is much more qualified than any of us. So far, it seems like Newkirk has impressed CM. He can provide senior leadership.

  • marcusgresham

    At least they’re out of the way and they can finish with momentum….hopefully.

  • Arch Puddington

    It’s too bad it seems that way. The disagreements here are frequent and deep. The only thing that people object to as a matter of principle is name calling and other insulting behavior, whether directed at posters, coaches, players, or anyone else. In today’s case, if Dasstoni had said “I don’t think Josh Newkirk is our best chance for success, and I hope DG really steps up to be the man,” there would have been no problem. Not everyone would have agreed, but that is a perfectly legitimate and reasonable position to take.

    But that ISN’T what he said. What he did was call Tom Crean multiple insulting (and irrelevant) names, and make unsupportable claims along the lines of “Josh Newkirk isn’t capable of playing D1 basketball.” Do you really think that challenging such outrageous claims is “roasting” someone?

  • TomJameson

    Have to say, Dasstoni went a little further than expressing an opinion simply like you just paraphrased for him. He got personal and sounded insulting. Tone is hard to convey with the written word, and he didn’t even come close to “sounding” civil.

  • Ivan Renko

    great story! glad he was taking it all in

  • Ole Man

    If people say something rather than troll, nothing is said.
    Since he joined, YESTERDAY, he has posted nothing but negative comments about IU players and the program.
    Suspicious, at best.

  • Ole Man

    I have been roasted for years on this forum.
    I was among the first to criticize CTC and was roundly criticized for that, as an example.
    I did not do it, however, in a personal, vindictive manner.
    Huge difference.

    NOBODY gets disrespected on here for an opinion that differs from another’s except by trolls and their kin. You can tell those types because they attack the poster with smears and names rather than debate the points of the opinion.
    It’s all in how you post; not what you post.

  • TomJameson

    Jimmy, I’m sorry you feel inhibited. I really think you should jump in more. In truth, it’s really not what you say, it’s how you say it.
    If you pounce on a player with a some horrible attacking demeaning tone (like dassidiot has been doing), then you will get a ton of blowback. But if you state an opinion in a more respectful ways (like Arch does), then you’ll get into a good discussion where passionate fans debate their side, then go on as compatriot IU fans.

  • JimmyChittwood

    This was just the straw that broke the camels back for me. As I stated its been over a few years I’ve noticed people on here that seem to think they’re above reproach. So yes I’ve seen people “roasted”

  • sarge

    Says the guy who wants to march on Kirkwood over wether or not a senior, and only true pg, plays point this season. Not psycho talk for a game…

  • sarge

    True. They struggled as a team, every player.

  • Arch Puddington

    Well, then we disagree about what it means to be roasted. I have been reading and posting here regularly for several years now, and do not share your sense at all. I have had intense — in some cases frequent — disagreements with Ole Man, bball at nick’s, Tom Jameson, John D Murphy, and others, all of whom you would likely call “regulars”.I have never once felt roasted, and with a few exceptions, have never seen anyone else get treated that way unless they themselves engaged in name calling and other poor conduct. Disagreements are half the fun of a place like this.

  • cbags05

    YES. Remember how he shut down Joel Berry.

  • Yep

  • To say Al Durham is a better fit than anyone is absurd. He hasn’t even played a minute yet, not even in last week’s scrimmage. Turd comment from turd commentator.

  • not really

  • JimmyChittwood

    guess so

  • The Baby-faced Assassin! Silky Smooth!

  • John D Murphy

    The first rule of transfers is “we don’t talk about transfers”. The second rule of transfers is “WE DON’T TALK ABOUT TRANSFERS”

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I slightly remembered about RJ having a difficult stretch late last season. Difficult for him.

  • John D Murphy

    The are 337 D1 teams. To say JN can’t play at the D1 level is possibly the most idiotic comment that will posted on this site this year. JN would be the best player on at least a third of D1 teams, would start on at least three quarters of teams and would garner minutes on all but a handful. He hasn’t shown himself to be all B1G but is a solid player.

  • VOXAC30

    Amen! Let it go it’s a new chapter.

  • Piker

    He is just throwing stuff out here to get everyone going. Probably weaves in an out of traffic, tailgates, and generally causes trouble through out his day for entertainment.

  • Mr. Shep-dizzle

    I couldn’t stand watching JN play so much the first half of the year but by the end he was probably the most consistent guy we had. That may be because he finally got up to full speed and conditioned so I don’t think he’ll regress much next year.
    Gotta agree w the other guys on question how u put Al in there when we haven’t seen him play college ball at all, imo.

  • IUMIKE1

    LOL…my torch is lit and my pitchfork sharpened and raised. Now let’s storm this place and set things right once and for all.

  • IUMIKE1

    Or maybe a Twilight Zone episode remake. He could be William Shatner and Crean could be the demon out on the wing that no one else sees. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    Just had a quick mental comparison of the look on Dweeb”s face when JN does just the opposite of what he thinks and the look on Shatner’s face when he realizes that he’s the only one able to see the guy on the wing. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    RAOTFLMAO, perfect man. Probably how he envisions TC.

  • IUMIKE1

    Some of us more so than others

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I meant to reply to Dassitoni … sorry

  • marcusgresham

    “The only thing that people object to as a matter of principle is name calling and other insulting behavior, whether directed at posters, coaches, players, or anyone else.”
    ….and Kentucky. We all agree to object, as a matter of principle, to Kentucky. Name calling and other insulting behavior is permissible when directed south of the Ohio River; encouraged, even, I’d say.

  • Arch Puddington

    As I recall, you accused bball at nick’s of being Laffy just a few days ago. I used to post on the Hoosier Scoop, and I am certain that Laffy does not post here. (Or if he does, it is in such a chastened and diminished state that he is not recognizable as the hostile persona that came so naturally to him). ITH has had its share of knuckleheads over the years, but Laffy was distinctive in both style and substance. Dasstoni, while being crude and insulting, is not in Laffy’s weight class as a troll.