Scott Reed

Curtis Jones, Indiana Hoosiers Basketball recruiting, Huntington Prep, Tom Crean

Indiana landed a commitment from 2016 guard Curtis Jones on Saturday morning. What does it mean for the Hoosiers? Here's my take.

Indiana picked up a big commitment in the 2016 class on Saturday morning from Huntington Prep guard Curtis Jones, a four-star prospect. Jones, a 6-foot-2 guard, picked IU over Georgetown, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, Penn State and others.

Jones joins Crown Point wing shooter Grant Gelon in IU's 2016 class.

So what does the commitment mean for the Hoosiers? Well, it's a solid pickup for Tom Crean, moving them one step closer to the class they ultimately hope to put together. Indiana's focus now will turn to Vermont guard Bruce Brown, a guy they hope to package with Jones, as well as Rawle Alkins. Packaging one of those guys with Jones would give you a class similar to the one that gave the Hoosiers James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson a year ago.

Jones is a player with a high ceiling as his body grows and matures. He's small and skinny right now, but you know that will change when he steps on campus next fall.

Indiana has now added two players from Huntington Prep in as many years (Thomas Bryant), and Crean hopes to add a third in Miles Bridges, though sources say that is unlikely to happen. Bridges, who is also considering Kentucky and Michigan State, is scheduled to announce his decision on Oct. 3.


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