New Face, New Place: Indiana University

#0 Curtis Jones (SG)

Rank: #8 SG, #40 Overall

Coming out of Huntington Prep in Highland Springs, VA, Curtis Jones is looking to make a solid contribution at Indiana next year by stepping off the bench to back up James Blackmon Jr. in the shooting guard position. Jones is an extremely skilled shooter, whether he’s dropping them from behind the arc or pulling up off of the dribble. While Jones is very quick, he also has a stringy build, measuring in at 6-4, 170 lbs. He’s a very high-scoring guard, similar to the likes of Klay Thompson, but he’s much more wired to shoot rather than distribute the ball. If he’s able to bulk up and work on his passing/elite ball-handling skills, Curtis Jones has the potential to become a very intimidating combo guard.

 

#20 De’Ron Davis (PF)

Rank: #11 PF, #51 Overall

Tom Crean must have seen something quite special in De’Ron Davis, considering he offered him a scholarship to IU when he was 8th grade. The 6-8, 230 lb. power forward was named Mr. Colorado Basketball 2016 at Overland High School in Aurora, where he set a state record with 441 blocks. He will be adding to arguably one of the most stacked frontcourts in the country with returning big men Thomas Bryant, OG Anunoby, Collin Hartman and Juwan Morgan, along with JC transfer Freddie McSwain. Davis is expected to come off the bench very frequently with his fearsome combination of strength, athleticism, and passing. He’s a great finisher when given an open lane and from the mid-range. However, he will need to work on his post game and his rebounding skills to improve his assertiveness as a power forward. His ability to score on contact isn’t consistent, and most of his moves in the post are limited to pump fakes or baby hooks. Once he improves those facets of his game, the Hoosiers’ frontcourt will become a truly unstoppable force.

#24 Grant Gelon (SG)

Rank: #54 SG, N/A Overall

Grant Gelon is considered to be one of the best shooters in the state of Indiana, yet he was not highly sought after by other college coaches. In fact, Tom Crean was the only coach to actively recruit him. An Indiana native from Crown Point High School, Gelon is a 6-5, 180 lb. shooting guard that set himself apart from other players with his incredible shot consistency and range. His ability to read off-ball screens, get open and knock down shots makes him deadly. Given his height, he has decent abilities in the paint as a rebounder, but his lack of strength and raw athleticism will hurt him greatly the minute he hits the hardwood at Assembly Hall. His on-ball pressure is virtually nonexistent because he lacks the footwork to be a truly effective defender. Next season, Gelon will occasionally get some minutes as a rotation player. Crean will probably put him in if they need some quick buckets in a pinch. He has the potential to be a great talent on the floor if he hits the weight room and works on his lateral movement, but as of now, one thing is absolutely certain: by no means should any team leave Grant Gelon open.

 

#11 Devonte Green (SG)

Rank: #63 SG, N/A Overall

Devonte Green is coming into the college basketball world with some shoes to fill. Specifically, shoes belonging San Antonio Spurs swingman Danny Green, his older brother. He’s joining IU’s guard-heavy class coming from Long Island Lutheran High School in Huntington Station, New York, where he had a great high school career. Measuring in at 6-2, 185 lbs., Green’s primary attribute is his ability to reliably make shots from both beyond the arc and at the midrange with a quick release. His strength allows him to score through contact and finish from either hand, a valuable characteristic in someone his size. However, he often tries to play as a point guard by distributing the ball in a showy manner, often leading to sloppy passes and turnovers. His consistency raises some eyebrows as well, often with questionable judgement in shot selection. Devonte Green probably won’t be racking up tons of minutes next season at Indiana, but he will play a supportive role as he continues to work out the kinks in his game.

 

#21 Freddie McSwain (SF)

Rank: N/A SF, N/A Overall

Freddie McSwain is a JUCO transfer from Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas. A 6-6, 220 lb. incoming junior at IU, McSwain has solid defensive and rebounding abilities. He’s athletic and a good scorer, but has likely reached his ceiling given his age. McSwain will be a rotation player this upcoming season that backs up OG Anunoby in the small forward position, and probably will not be getting tons of minutes down the stretch.

 

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