Curtis Louis Jerrells Jr., or popularly known as Curtis Jerrells, is an American basketball player who last played for the Dinamo Sassari of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. Before that, he started his career in the United States and played on different teams from there and other parts of the world. Jerrells stands at 6 ft 1 inch tall, and he plays at the point guard position. In this article, we are going to know more about Curtis Jerrells and his basketball career that took him around the world.
Curtis Jerrells started his basketball career by being a four-year starter at Del Valle High School in Austin, Texas. When he was in college, Jerrells played college basketball at Baylor University. He became the first player in the University’s history to lead its basketball team in scoring and assists during all four seasons. Jerrells became the second player in Baylor University’s history to record 400 assists, 1,000 points, and 100 steals.
When he was a freshman, Jerrells led the team in assist, scoring, steals, and minutes played. During his sophomore season, Jerrells once again started every game and led the team. He showed his exceptional basketball talent that the league’s coaches and even the media named him 2007 All-Big 12 honorable mention. Aside from that, Jerrell was even chosen to the 2007 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team.
When he was a junior, Jerrells was a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection. Once again, he led the team in scoring and assists. During his last season of playing basketball at Baylor University, Jerrells was named the 2009 NIT All-Tournament Team. He became a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist, and he was chosen by the coaches to be the 2009 All-Big 12 third team.
Curtis Jerrell’s Professional Career Timeline
- September 2009 – Jerrells started his professional basketball career when he signed up for the San Antonio Spurs’ training camp roster. However, his first shot to fame was not lucky because he didn’t make the team. It doesn’t mean that the Spurs didn’t saw potential in him because the team offered Jerrells a spot playing for their NBA Development League team, the Austin Toros. The following year, Curtis Jerrells was signed by the San Antonio Spurs. However, he was immediately reassigned to the Spurs’ affiliate, the Austin Toros.
- 2010 – During the NBA Summer League in 2010, Jerrells played for the Spurs again. During the 2010–11 pre-season, his playing skills attracted Dell Demps, New Orleans Hornets general manager, he immediately got interested in taking him into his team. Demps happens to be the Spurs’ former scout and executive.
- October 18, 2010 – Jerrells was traded to the New Orleans Hornets for a second-round pick. But, he was waived just one week later when the training camp ended.
- November 27, 2010 – Curtis Jerrells moved to Europe to sign a contract with the Serbian team Partizan Belgrade until the end of the 2010–11 season.
- June 2011 – Jerrells signed a two-year contract with the Turkish basketball team, Fenerbahçe Ülker.
- March 2012 – After Curtis Jerrells finished his contract with Fenerbahçe Ülker, he decided to sign a one-season loan contract with the Spanish club Murcia. However, after playing two games for the new club, Jerrell broke his foot, causing him to miss the whole season.
- August 29, 2012 – Curtis Jerrells signed a one-year contract with another Turkish sports club, Beşiktaş.
- March 2013 – When he finished his contract with Beşiktaş, Curtis Jerrells was signed by the Sioux Falls SkyForce. He was subsequently traded to the Maine Red Claws in exchange for center Chris Ayer.
- August 2013 – Curtis Jerrells scored a contract with Emporio Armani Milano of the Italian League.
- July 7, 2014 – Curtis decided to sign a two-year deal with UNICS Kazan, a Russian sports club.
- January 25, 2016 – When Curtis’ contract with UNICS Kazan ended, Jerrells decided to sign with the Turkish club Galatasaray. However, four months later, he decided to part ways with Galatasaray.
- July 10, 2016 – Jerrells got a two-year deal with Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem.