Curry's Making A Name For Himself

Little Rock Southwest Christian Academy star Eric Curry, a Memphis native, has flourished this summer while playing for the Arkansas Wings and has had a significant

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - While Malik Monk has settled into the Batman role for the Arkansas Wings AAU squad, Southwest Christian Academy forward Eric Curry is at least Robin.

Curry (6-8, 210) has flourished riding shotgun with Monk this spring and summer and did so again on Friday as the Wings split a pair of games at the Nike Peach Jam.

He had 10 points and 13 rebounds in a 62-59 loss to Team Final in the morning session and then 8 points and 9 rebounds in Friday night’s 69-61 win over Mac Irvin Fire.

“Malik is just a phenomenal basketball player and I just do my best to help him out,” Curry said. “I just try to play hard, get some points, get some rebounds and help in any way I can.”

Curry, a Memphis native who played his sophomore season at Ridgeway, now has offers from SMU, Oklahoma State, St. Louis, Murray State, VCU and Western Kentucky.

Arkansas is reportedly very interested and expected to formally offer him soon while Oregon, Vanderbilt, St. Louis and Iowa are also staying in contact with him.

“Arkansas - that’s the home state team and that would be great,” Curry said. “I am very interested in Arkansas. I am just very open right now and trying to finish off this summer strong and then move on to recruiting.”

Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and assistant Melvin Watkins have been on hand to watch Monk and Curry play in each of their four pool games.

“They are very cool people and we talk a lot,” Curry said. “I am very cool with Coach Anderson and Coach Watkins and just all the staff. We are pretty close.”

Curry is averaging 10.1 points this spring and summer - second-best on the Wings to Monk’s 19.4 - and also 6.6 rebounds.

“I consider myself a combo forward or a stretch four,” Curry said. “I am trying to get quicker and stronger to be more of a force out there and finish better around the rim.”

Curry averaged 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds for Southwest Christian Academy, who had a prep basketball program for the first time ever last season.

“I think we did pretty good for it to be just our first year,” Curry said. “We beat some of the good teams around the country like Sunrise, but we should be way better next year.”

Curry said it was easy to make the move.

“I knew that we were going to be playing a national schedule against the Oak Hills and other great prep programs so it was an easy decision,” Curry said. “I knew that would make be a better player.”

The Wings had won two games on Thursday, but came out and finished sluggish in their opening game on Friday.

They also had to rally from 10 down in the first half of the second game to get a much-needed win heading into Saturday's final pool game at noon EDT.

“We just kept our head up and played hard,” Curry said. “We know what we are capable of doing so we just kept playing.”

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