LEXINGTON, Ky. --- The North Carolina coaches told Curtis Jones they would be watching him on the spring circuit. And when they did, he put on a show.
With Roy Williams taking a baseline seat for the 9:30 a.m. Boo Williams game on Sunday, the 6-3 junior from Huntington (WVa.) Prep hit his first three attempts from behind the arc en route to scoring 28 points on an 8-for-14 three-point performance.
“I hit a few and just got in the zone,” said Jones. “I’ve been working on my shooting.”
After hitting his first three, the streaky Jones felt his confidence rise and never looked back. He ended the first half with 15 points on five three’s and hit three more in the second half before the opposing coach decided to install a box-and-one defense to slow Jones.
After the shooting outburst, Jones noted that schools such as Georgetown, Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest had been showing him the most interest. The Virginia native was previously on the Tar Heel radar when he spent his first two years of high school at Paul VI in Fairfax (Va) before transferring to Huntington Prep (Wv) for his junior season.
“Recently they’ve been calling my coach saying they were going to come watch me this weekend,” noted Jones about the UNC coaching staff.
Last year Jones played on the Adidas AAU circuit with Team Loaded, but switched to Boo Williams and the EYBL for his last summer of AAU basketball.
“Nike has been more competitive so you need to bring your 'A' game every time,” said Jones.
In his first EYBL weekend with Boo Williams earlier this month, Jones struggled shooting the ball. In four games, he averaged 14.3 points but shot just 36 percent from the field and only went 4-for-21 from three. With his first EYBL experience out of the way, Jones felt more confident and comfortable in Lexington. In four games, he increased his scoring average to 20.8 points per game and shot 52 percent while hitting 17-of-34 threes.
While Jones certainly likes to shoot from the perimeter he can also put the ball on the floor and finish above the rim. Last year he spent the summer working on his explosiveness and now Jones is focused on the weight room.
“Trying to get bigger, stronger, and perfect my game a little more,” said Jones.
Given UNC’s desire for shooters, Jones certainly put together a timely performance that could lead to increased interest from the Tar Heel coaching staff.
Jones Puts On A Show
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