It tells you something about Sean McCurdy about the way he officially became a University of Arkansas signee.
"Over breakfast," McCurdy said. "I'm so excited that it was just signing the papers, having mom taking a picture and back to breakfast. I just wanted to be a Razorback as soon as I could. No press conference. Just sign and back to work."
McCurdy, a 6-1, 175-pound point guard from St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City, N.J., and 6-9, 235-pound power forward Cyrus McGowan of Meridian, Miss. became the newest Razorbacks when they signed on the opening day of the Nov. 10-17 early signing period.
"I've been so happy since I made the decision to become a Razorback," McGowan said. "I'm excited about the team, the school and the fans - just everything about it."
Arkansas head coach Stan Heath is pretty excited himself after inking the pair to letter-of-intents, both of whom are already academically qualified.
"We are real thrilled about the class," Heath said. "Both Sean and Cyrus fit well in our program."
McGowan opened his season in style by hitting a layup to force overtime in what turned out to be Meridian's 80-76 win over Livingston (Ala.) High.
He had 12 points and 11 rebounds despite injuring his ankle early on in the fourth quarter and not returning until there were 40 seconds left in regulation.
He's a kid that everyone describes as a guy who just plays hard," Heath said. "There are some big kids who play hard, but don't play hard all the time. That's what I really like about Cyrus."
McGowan averaged 10.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game last season.
He really adds to our frontline," Heath said. "That is an area that you can never have too many big players. He has that size and that presence. He is a young man that can rebound and can defend. His offense is going to come along very nicely. We see him as a power forward."
McCurdy's team doesn't open the season until December and will try to duplicate last season's 30-0 squad.
"Sean McCurdy is a winner - that is the best way to describe him," Heath said. "His high school team was 30-0. He played at St. Anthony's High School in New Jersey and was coached by Bob Hurley. He is a kid that has been well coached and will be well prepared to play next season for us and will be a very good player in our future."
McCurdy averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists as a junior last season. He also boasts 4.02 GPA.
"He has very good shooting skills and ball skills, he's got a toughness about him and he's got a winning mentality," Heath said. "That's the thing I like best about him - the kids knows how to win. That's hard to teach. Some kids just have it inside them."
Heath said both kids were overwhelmed by their visits.
"Both kids when they came on their visit loved the academics,love the fan support we have here in basketball and just fell in love with the place after they left," Heath said. "They are great fits for us."
Arkansas has the opportunity to offer a third scholarship in this class, but Heath says he won't be in the early period and might not be in 2005.
"We do have the availability of using one more scholarship, but we are going to hold it over to the late signing period if the right player becomes available," Heath said. "The right player would be a wing player, possibly even a player that would sit out a year as a transfer.
"But we won't use it unless we can absolutely get a player that is going to help us," Heath added. "Holding it over (to the 2006 class) would be to our advantage, too."
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