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With offers from Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Virginia Commonwealth, West Virginia and Tulane, it is clear Curtis Jones is no average player, especially when he's dialed in. On a recent unofficial visit to College Park, Md., with his father, the three-star point guard received an offer from Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon.
"They had told me they would offer me the week before I visited," Jones said. "Then when we got there I got the offer."
Many of the schools that have offered Jones are within a few hours' drive, something his family has capitalized on to take unofficial visits. In addition to Maryland, Jones told us that he has tripped to Georgetown, West Virginia, Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth and North Carolina State. He plans to visit Miami (Fla.) on June 20 and Louisville in August.
Jones just wrapped up his AAU spring season and was satisfied with the season's outcome.
"I feel I played pretty solid. We went 5-1, but the goal was to go 6-0," Jones said of Team Loaded Virginia's results in the adidas Gauntlet Orlando session. "But with the last victory, we feel like we're good for July so we feel good."
The rising junior is playing "up" on the 17U team, which features five-star big man Thon Maker. Jones feels that he showed that he could play up and compete with any backcourt in the nation.
"I feel like I'm up there with them," Jones said. "I'm confident in myself. I'm a pretty good scorer so when my shot is falling and I'm getting to the basket and finishing above the rim that allows me to get my teammates involved."
Jones transferred to Paul VI from Highland Springs High School near Richmond, Va. Playing in the tough Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, Jones' elite athleticism attracted attention of high major Division I programs.
"I played mostly the 2-guard last year," Jones said. "This year I'm playing a lot more on the ball so I've been working on my ball-handling, plus I put on 15 or 20 pounds so I'm just trying to get stronger. I work out every day except Wednesday. I take that day off to ice up and rest."
Jones attended the Pangos All-American camp May 30-June 1 and earned an invite to Adidas Unrivaled from July 9-13.
Russ Wood is a basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com and Inside the Gators. You can click here to follow him on Twitter..
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