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Class of 2020 IU Basketball Recruit Profile Pages: Andre Curbelo

With summer AAU and live period action now complete, we are entering list cutting and commitment season for college basketball recruiting.

To help you stay abreast of all of the latest news for Indiana’s top 2020 recruiting targets, you can refer back to all of our recruit profile pages from our recruiting drop down menu or by clicking here.

At the bottom of each profile page is all recent coverage of the individual player, including both original reporting by The Daily Hoosier and linked articles in The Daily Hoosier Report.

ESSENTIALS

Status —  OFFERED (September 2019)

Hometown – Puerto Rico (Long Island Lutheran, N.Y.)
Position – Point Guard
Height – 6-foot
Weight – 160
AAU – NY Jayhawks (Adidas Gauntlet)
247 Sports Composite Rating – 4-star (No. 55)
Primary Competition – Illinois, St. John’s, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Texas Tech

Timeline — Curbelo has more than 30 offers.  He is in the process of cutting down that list and will begin to schedule visits this fall. Look for that to begin very soon, with a decision to likely follow prior to the November early signing period.

Indiana Connections — IU assistant coach Bruiser Flint is well acquainted with Curbelo’s AAU and high school programs.  Archie Miller has prioritized Curbelo with two visits during the first two weeks of the fall 2019 live period.  IU guard Devonte Green attended the same high school.

Numbers — Curbelo averaged 16.1 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals and shot 43 percent from beyond the arc as a junior to lead Long Island Lutheran to the New York Federation Class AA state title.

During AAU play for the New York Jayhawks on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit, Curbelo averaged 16.7 points, 5.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.  He shot 52.9% from the field in 24.4 minutes of action per contest.  Curbelo only attempted 14 three-pointers in 15 games, making three.

(Curbelo also played for Puerto Rico in the FIBA U19 World Cup)

RECRUITING SERVICE ASSESSMENTS

“Not a physically imposing player and average in most all physical markers. Well above average basketball IQ and feel for the game as a playmaking distributor. Tremendous vision and passing skills. Deft ballhandler who thrives on fakes and change of pace. Knows how to manipulate the play to get what he wants. Outside shooting is currently a liability. Not a game-changer defensively or on the boards.”

— Jerry Meyer, 247Sports

“There might not be a more impressive passer in the class of 2020 than Curbelo. The native of Puerto Rico simply sees things on the court that most point guards don’t, and then not only does he see things, but he is also able to make the pass. Curbelo isn’t an elite athlete with elite burst, but he does have a major ability to get into the lane, and he is so adept at changing speeds that he keeps defenders off balance. He shoots it well enough to keep people honest, but it is his feel for the game and playmaking ability that stand out at the highest level. Curbelo is one of the more mature floor generals, and someone who should be a staple in a college backcourt for a long time to come.”

— 247Sports

QUOTABLE

“I know they’ve (IU) always had a good program and a good team. I know the coaching staff is good and I’ve seen them play.”

— Curbelo via Inside the Hall

“Growing up in Puerto Rico, playing the point since I started playing at four years old, I think it’s natural. I always see basketball that way. I think the point guard’s job is to feed their guys, drive, make everybody collapse and then give it to the corner to the shooters, inside, and that’s just how I see the game. I don’t see it another way.”

— Curbelo via 247Sports

“He averaged about 25 a game as a junior last year in the state tournament to take [the New York State Federation title] home,” Buck said. “He’s not only pass-first, but he is a get his teammates involved classic point guard who can control the game. I give him the ball and he gives it back to me after minutes with a win.”

— LuHi head coach John Buck via ZagsBlog

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[Go here to see all of our individual class of 2020 profile pages as they are added.  Go here to see our class of 2020 big board with the recruits in our order of likelihood of an IU commitment.]


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