Indiana lands commitment from 4-star guard Curtis Jones

Four-star guard Curtis Jones announced his commitment to Indiana on Saturday morning, giving the Hoosiers the first top-100 player in their 2016 recruiting class.

Jones, a 6-foot-3 Virginia native, chose IU over offers from Georgetown, Oklahoma State and California. He is the the second member of Indiana’s recruiting class, joining Crown Point’s Grant Gelon. In the 247 Sports composite rankings, Jones is considered the No. 83 player in the class, the No. 10 combo guard and the No. 5 player from the state of Virginia.

Jones has deep ties to the IU program, rising through the same Boo Williams AAU program that produced Troy Williams, Boo’s nephew, and Robert Johnson. Last season, Jones was a teammate of IU freshman center Thomas Bryant at Huntington (W. Va.) Prep, where he averaged 15.3 points and 3.9 assists. Indiana is also pursuing another Huntington teammate, five-star wing Miles Bridges, who’s considered among the prized recruits of the upcoming class. Jones and Bridges visited IU together at the end of August.

Jones told ESPN that the tradition of Indiana basketball was a big factor in his decision.

“The fan base is definitely one of the best in the country,” Jones told ESPN.

Indiana will lose seniors Yogi Ferrell and Nick Zeisloft after the upcoming season, and James Blackmon Jr. could once again consider leaving for the NBA. So Jones could find himself with an important role as a freshman, either as a point guard or playing off the ball.

The Hoosiers will have Pittsburgh transfer Josh Newkirk available in 2016, so the two could split time at the point or play together in a backcourt that will also feature Johnson in the mix.

“Last year they played an exciting style of basketball and I feel I fit into their system where I can play either on or off the ball,” Jones told ESPN.

Jones and Gelon are the first two pieces in a recruiting class that is expected to included at least two more, and as many as five or six total players. Bridges is expected to choose between IU, Kentucky and Michigan State on Oct. 3.

3 comments

  1. Welcome to Indiana basketball, Mr. Jones! Do we go with Indiana Jones? Great addition to the program. Let’s see if this opens the flood gates.

  2. Jones told ESPN that the tradition of Indiana basketball was a big factor in his decision. “The fan base is definitely one of the best in the country.” Hence IU’s difficulty recruiting football players capable of creating a winning football program. Football and basketball are at the opposite ends of the recruiting spectrum.

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