Q&A: Buffalo transfer Curtis Jones goes in-depth on commitment to Iowa State

Dec 18, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Buffalo Bulls guard Curtis Jones (3) drives past West Virginia Mountaineers guard Erik Stevenson (10) during the first half at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State landed the third piece of its 2023 transfer recruiting cycle class on Monday when Buffalo guard Curtis Jones announced his pledge to T.J. Otzelberger’s program. Jones goes in-depth on his commitment in the following conversation edited lightly for clarity and brevity.

CF: What was it that made you want to pull the trigger on committing to Iowa State?

Jones: “I just felt like Coach T.J. believed in me. It felt the right spot. I just felt like T.J. believed in me. The whole staff believed in me.”

CF: What is it about T.J. that helps him connect with guys?

Jones: “He’s a hard worker. He expects all of us to work hard. I know that hard work is what wins games. Just seeing the day-to-day schedule and all the things put into the basketball program was really attractive.”

CF: What were some of those things that made Iowa State attractive?

Jones: “Just the development plan, the food, everything. Just their entire development plan really stuck out.”

CF: How would you describe yourself as a player?

Jones: “I would say I’m pretty unselfish. I try not to turn the ball over. I can shoot it well. Take charges and things like that.”

CF: What did you think of being around the guys on your visit?

Jones: “The guys were cool. We went bowling. Just got to be around them a little bit. Demarion (Watson), obviously he’s from Minnesota, so he came to a couple of meals. Tamin (Lipsey) came to a couple. It was all good. Good vibes with everybody.”

CF: Are you much of a bowler?

Jones: (laughing) “Nah, whenever somebody wants to go, I’ll go, but it’s not one of my hobbies I’d say.”

CF: What would you have to say to Iowa State fans? What’s the goal coming in here to play for the Cyclones? What’s the vibe you’re hoping to bring?

Jones: “I’m excited. Just got a good dude and a passionate, very competitive player. I’m excited to get out there and play in Hilton.”

Jared Stansbury


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