McCurdy's Anixous to Get Going

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with UA basketball signee Sean McCurdy.

While potential recruit Armon Bassett is still playing and signee Cyrus McGowan is done, another future University of Arkansas player just can't wait to finally get back on the court and lead the attack.

That would be Razorback point guard signee Sean McCurdy, who was out the whole season with a broken fifth metatarsal bone and will head back to the doctor today to check on the progress on his right foot.

"It was nice to finally get the boot off of my foot and just to be able to walk around normally," McCurdy said. "I'll get it x-rayed again on Tuesday and will see how it goes. I've been riding the bike lately and been shooting for a couple of weeks. They haven't given me a date yet, but it could be about a month before I'm totally back playing, a little more or a little less."

McCurdy averaged 15 points and 8 assists last season as his St. Anthony's (N.J.) squad raced to a remarkable 30-0 mark under legendary head coach Bob Hurley, but had to watch all of the action from the sidelines this season.

"It was so frustrating, but I just accepted it and realized God has a plan, but I just don't know what it is," McCurdy said. "My job now is to just work hard, get back into shape and be ready to help my new team when its time."

McCurdy will not play AAU ball this summer, but instead come to Fayetteville and go ahead and get a start on his college education while playing pick-up ball with his new teammates.

"I graduate on June 4th and I don't know if I will come the first semester or the second semester or both," McCurdy said. "I am anxious to get down there and start this new part of my life."

McCurdy, who has talked weekly with UA assistant coach Ronny Thompson throughout the season and saw numerous Razorback games on satellite television, chatted with Razorback head coach Stan Heath on Sunday.

"He gave me a call just to check on me and see how things are going with me," McCurdy said. "I appreciated that because I know they had a tough last few games. He told me that he thought they lost their spirit after the Mississippi State loss. He said he was looking forward to me getting healthy and coming down and adding to the team, which he thinks is just a few players away."

Despite not playing this season, McCurdy has certainly gotten his share of publicity from the recently published book "The Miracle of Saint Anthony's," which chronicled the 2003-2004 magical season and the coaching career of Hurley.

Although he doesn't have many comments on the record about a book that protrayed McCurdy and his mom Cindy rather unflattering, his one on the record comment about it makes it clear how it felt.

"I stopped reading it about halfway through," McCurdy said. "It's a good book about a great coach, but, well, it just wasn't for me I guess you could say."

McCurdy, who was also recruited by Memphis, Indiana, Maryland, Rhode Island and UMass among others, feels like he is going to fit right in at Arkansas.

"I know there are some great players there and they just need somebody to run the point, get the ball to them in the right places to score and knock down shots when they are open," McCurdy said. "I feel like I will be perfect for that role."

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McGowan, the 6-9, 235-pound power forward from Meridian, Miss., led his team to the Mississippi Class 5A state title game, but endured a foul-plagued game in a 74-62 loss to Jackson Murrah in the finals.

After averaging 10 points and 15.6 rebounds this season, McGowan had just two points and 10 rebounds in the final before fouling out for a team that finished 28-9.

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Heath was on hand to see Bassett pour in 59 points in a pair of games Saturday and lead Terre Haute South to a regional championship.

Bassett, a 6-2, 170-pound point guard who was named the regional MVP, had 17 of his game-high 34 points in the fourth quarter and 7 assists to lead the Braves (22-5) past Bloomington South 66-63.

Bassett and Terre Haute South advance to the semi-state - Indiana's version of the Final Four - this Saturday at 3 p.m. where they will face Indianapolis North, which features top juniors Greg Oden and Mike Conley, Jr.

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