Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and assistant Melvin Watkins got an early start to Wednesday morning to see Little Rock Southwest Christian Academy and Arkansas Wings AAU forward Eric Curry (6-8, 210) practice.
Curry, who will host the Razorback coaches on an in-home visit next Tuesday, is scheduled to visit Arkansas officially on Sept. 18-20.
“They were here very early just to watch me practice and show how much they are interested in me,” Curry said.
A Memphis native, Curry visited Minnesota officially last weekend, has a trip to Iowa State slated for this weekend and then will close things out with the trip to see the Razorbacks.
“Those are the only three schools I am going to take visits to,” Curry said. “I will make my last visit to Arkansas and then announce where I am going right after that.”
Curry notes he has a great relationship with Anderson and Watkins.
“They are great guys and I talk to them daily and have developed a great relationship with them,” Curry said. “I really like what they are doing with the program and I think they are going to have a great recruiting class. I really like their fan base, too.
“I am looking forward to getting up there and checking everything out, including their new practice facility.”
Arkansas seems to fit the style of play that he is looking for in a college program.
“A team that plays my type of style,” Curry said. “I like up-tempo type of teams. I don’t like teams that are just going to go down there and stand there and run plays. I like teams that are going to get up and down the floor.”
Curry, who also has offers from SMU, Oklahoma State, Alabama, VCU, Murray State and St. Louis, averaged 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds last season for Southwest Christian Academy.
SCA is Arkansas’ only prep school that plays a national schedule and was in its first season of competition.
“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.
“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. I knew that would make me a better player.”
Southwest Christian Academy head coach Charles Baker, a former college coach, also coached the Arkansas Wings this summer and saw steady improvement from Curry.
“I have seen him grow both on and off the court through the high school season and then in the spring and summer against AAU competition,” Baker said. “I think the opportunity to go up against top-level players night in and night out has helped him raise the level of his game.”
Baker thinks Curry is just scratching the surface of his potential.
“He is only just 16 and his best basketball is ahead of him,” Baker said. “He is very active and does a great job of keeping balls alive and finishing in traffic. He also really gets after people on defense, which makes him a player that does it on both ends of the court and not just puts all of his effort into offense.”
Curry averaged 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds during EYBL competition, while serving as Robin to Bentonville star Malik Monk’s Batman during the spring and summer.
Both Arkansas and Kentucky had home visits with Monk on Wednesday.
“Malik is just a great player and it was great playing with him,” Curry said. “We were able to feed off of each other and have a lot of success out there on the court.”
Curry is somewhat of a tweener between a small forward and a power forward.
“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.
”…My thing is being able to come out to the perimeter and bring big guys out to stretch the floor.”