Curtis Jones leaves team, will transfer from Indiana at semester break

  • 12/03/2017 4:41 pm in

Indiana sophomore guard Curtis Jones has left the team and will transfer at the end of the semester, the program announced on Sunday afternoon.

Jones, a 6-foot-4 guard from Richmond (Va.), appeared in seven games this season and averaged three points.

He did not play in Wednesday’s 91-81 loss to Duke in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge and logged just three minutes in Saturday’s 69-55 loss at Michigan.

“We appreciate Curtis’s contributions and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” Indiana coach Archie Miller said in a release.

A former top 100 recruit, Jones committed to Indiana in September of 2015 and chose the Hoosiers over Georgetown, California and Oklahoma State.

His best game in an IU uniform came as a freshman when he scored 15 points in a 103-99 overtime win over Kansas on Nov. 11, 2016.

“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the IU basketball program and look forward to finding a new situation where I can achieve the goals I have as a basketball player and as a student,” Jones said in a release.

The departure of Jones leaves Indiana with two available scholarships to use for next season.

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  • Vernon Aldrich

    Did you not see the Michigan post-game? Archie’s trying to get them to speed up ball movement!!

  • millzy32

    Romeo is one and done. So. If he wins dunk contest or not he’s gone either way the next year. Moot point.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Wow. Sorry it didn’t work out Curtis. Best of luck. I know you’ll find a good fit.

  • millzy32

    Kinda ironic since Archie was a guard and in no way casts an imposing figure other than the really good scowl.

  • millzy32

    Those proven coaches weren’t really proven until they got their current jobs very similarly to the way Archie got the IU job. The blue print is there and we shall see if the recruiting follows. So far pretty good but not great yet for next year’s class unless Romeo comes then it’s great out the shoot.

  • millzy32

    RMC? Robert Montgomery Crean? Now there’s a mixup mashup coach if ever one was created.

  • millzy32

    CuJo made it a little easier to fit Romeo on the team next year. This could work out very nicely for IU.

  • mharv2631

    One stud guard from New Albany and a monster in the middle.

  • Hoosieriniowa

    I agree. He was a Top 100 recruit and all of them come in believing they will continue in there path and play lots of minutes and do great things. We want them to think that way and we want it to become a reality too. When it doesn’t materialize for whatever reason they have to decide to either leave or work harder than ever before to get those minutes. There is no right decision. Good luck to to CuJo wherever he lands.

  • N71

    Its probably somewhat a reaction of sorts to his being undersized, he understood what a challenge it is and therefore wants these larger, more physical types, particularly for BigTen play. All indication is that Romeo is going to Vandy so it will be incredibly interesting to see what’s done with these 2 scholarships for next year.

  • Ole Man

    Archie could pull 5 stars out of his behind and you’d still find something to whine about.
    Geez, Louise!
    You need to give Archie a chance and give your negativity a rest!

  • Ole Man


  • Ole Man

    He busted his tail. He gave up his summer to work on his game and adjust to the new system.
    Then someone like you who can barely get up off his coach to get another beer from the frig bad mouths him?
    And don’t give me lip about calling you out.
    How does it feel mr. nobody from nowhere?

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Until he does hush!!!

  • calbert40

    Can’t underestimate the importance of a good scowl!!

  • calbert40

    Scoochie Smith.

    I’d LOVE to have a Scoochie Smith on IU’s roster!

  • Kyl470

    If I were a betting man I’d put money on Kansas. If you are going by 24/7 Crystal Ball you can’t really trust those guys. The people who make predictions on there have no real credibility. They don’t speak with the recruits or coaches they just read the same articles that the general public reads. So when one story comes out like Garland loves IU you see all the people make there picks for IU. Then when the day of the announcement comes they all switch there picks to Vandy because a report comes out that Vandy is now leading. The most recent news is that Romeo has considered teaming up with Garland so naturally the wind blows towards Vandy. Simple fact is that Vandy is not good and IU isn’t so hot right now either. If Romeo wants to win in his one year in college his best choice will be Kansas. It’s a long ways until spring signing period so a lot can change between now and then.

  • Fifer39

    He’ll always be CuJo to us.

  • VAHoosier

    That one’s taken! My son’s name is Finn and he is often Finny to me…

  • TomJameson

    Would be nice if he could come to the Evansville Aces. He’d be a star for sure on that team.

  • Ole Man

    You’re the negative one who needs to shut up.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Yep. I kind of saw it coming with his playing time decreasing. He seemed like a hard worker from what I gathered reading the off season articles, but I guess it didn’t translate in game too well.

    Sidenote: Sorry it has taken me so long to give you a response from another post in a separate article, but I hunt down here in southern Indiana near Scottsburg. Did you do any good this year? I got a ten pointer on opening day of bow season and some more antlerless to fill the freezer. We haven’t bought beef in years! LOL

  • MK

    because it is the truth – the kid couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn this year.

  • John D Murphy

    I’m fine with recruiting so far. If anyone expected us to load up on one and dones in ‘18, then I think that expectation is a little far fetched. Until there is a proven pattern of us being in the final list and missing as tc had established, then we should be excited about where Archie has put us very quickly with the 5 star players.

  • Hoosierkamp

    scootchie smith!

  • Hoosierkamp

    Hes literally been the coach for 8 months…. and he is in the running for 5 stars. I think that says a lot! Agreed, he needs a little time. Archie is awesome. Look at all the feedback in recruiting he was getting. Guys seem to really connect with him!

  • John D Murphy

    I don’t begrudge kids transferring and even think every player should be allowed 1 tfer without having to sit a year. That being said, I don’t like mid year tfers and think you should lose the remaining eligibility of the year. It is punitive to the team losing the player.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Good point. Unless the player was dismissed, the team is “unexpectedly” down a player. What would happen if the team lost several guys at once mid-season? Could be crippling. Changing your mind or reevaluating priorities isn’t a crime, but midseason transfer feels more like a whim (excluding actual emergencies of course) than a well thought out decision.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I must be psychic cuz I knew this was happening. I would have posted it but I didn’t want to break the ITH rules. Being a good boy so Santa doesn’t diss me.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Question is: Was he WAY over-rated or just a slow learner?

  • bfdm

    CuJo is an excellent player and one of our best at making something out of nothing (see the Indiana State game), but I don’t think Archie understood how to coach him.

  • bfdm

    I bet he transfers in-conference and smokes us for 25 next season.

  • Kwang

    I love your beat downs, Oleman. That was funny. Haw!

    I also think Curtis will do a Maurice Creek and excel somewhere.

  • Kwang

    Oh, yes he did, see ‘MK’ below.

  • Ole Man

    The Devil makes me do it! 🙂

  • AssemblyBall

    Completely disagree. Jones was going to do nothing but ride the pine. This gives Arch another scholly that he can actively use right now to recruit. How is somebody who is not going to play be punitive? Don’t want somebody on the team that doesn’t want to be there.

  • Koko

    That would be a nightmare if he did….but I doubt it. He probably will go somewhere close to home.

  • Koko

    It would be interesting if he chooses another Indiana school to play for. My guess is he will head to a team on the east coast, close to home.