Top 100 G Curtis Jones talks recruitment

Xavier is one of many schools in the mix for scoring guard Curtis Jones out of Virginia.

Over the last few recruiting classes, Xavier's staff has stockpiled skilled offensive players. While a lot of the efforts in 2016 have focused on adding more athleticism, there's always room for another shooter.

Curtis Jones, a 6-3 guard from Virginia, is one of the top shooters and overall scorers the Xavier staff is recruiting in 2016. At the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, he told reporters that he's going to let July play out before narrowing down his list and looking at his recruitment more closely.

Ranked 95 in Scout's Top 100 for 2016, Jones listed Georgetown, Florida, Indiana, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Louisville, Missouri, Miami, NC State, Maryland, Xavier and others as the schools most involved in his recruitment.

For some time Maryland was thought to be the favorite to land Jones, but that has seemingly changed recently as Jones mentioned that the Terrapins' staff hasn't been in contact with him as much.

Instead, one of Xavier's Big East rivals has been moving in and making a strong impression on him.

"Georgetown has done a great job," Jones said. "Coach (Kevin) Broadus and Coach (John) Thompson are the main ones I talk to. They got me on campus once, and I'm supposed to go back up. It's close to home."

A few of the schools vying for Jones' services are close to his home, but he says location won't play much of a role in his decision.

"I'm just looking for the best fit," said Jones.

Another school recruiting Jones the hardest is Indiana.

"They're making me a priority," he said of the Hoosiers. "I'd like to visit Indiana by the end of the summer. I talk to Coach Martin, and Coach Crean a couple of times - they talk to me about their system, how they make guys better, who they have coming in and who they expect to leave and things like that."

Jones also said that he keeps in regular contact with Xavier's staff, especially assistant Mike Pegues.

"Coach Pegues has told me how they have a great situation for me," Jones said. "They believe in me a lot. They think I can come in and play early, and their system fits my game.'

Jones plans on cutting down his list and scheduling official visits in August once AAU is over. He doesn't have a specific timeline set for a decision, but he knows what he's looking for in his future school.

"Definitely, having a chance to play early. And then somewhere where I feel like the coaches are good people and will push me to get better. Also, somewhere that's like a family."


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