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Jones’ decision was confirmed by a news release from the school, and comes on the heels of the 6-4 guard’s diminishing playing time. Jones has played just 10 combined minutes in IU’s last three games, and never saw the court against Duke.
According to the release, Jones has already left the men’s basketball program.
“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the IU basketball program,” Jones said in the release, “and look forward to finding a new situation where I can achieve the goals I have as a basketball player and as a student.”
Recruited as a sharpshooting, high-scoring guard out of Huntington Prep, Jones is originally from Richmond, Va. He averaged 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game as a freshman, and shot 35 percent from behind the 3-point line.
He will likely be best remembered for that Kansas game, during which foul trouble and Jones’ hot hand put him on the floor in key late-game and overtime situations. He scored 15 points that night, in his IU debut, making a handful of critical shots late in an overtime win in the Armed Forces Classic.
But Jones never quite found the scoring form that saw him average 20 points per game at Huntington. He elected to stay with the program through the coaching change this offseason, but will now move on. Jones becomes the second Hoosier to transfer under new coach Archie Miller, following former Crown Point standout Grant Gelon.
“We appreciate Curtis’s contributions and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” Miller said in the release.
Jones averaged three points and 11.4 minutes per game over seven games this season.
Indiana currently has four players signed in its 2018 recruiting class, and is pursuing New Albany star Romeo Langford as well. The Hoosiers landed in Langford’s final three, announced last month.
IU will graduate five seniors after this season but is currently on track to have six scholarships open for the 2018-19 campaign, thanks to Jones’ transfer.
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