MuCurdy's Next Step

New University of Arkansas point guard signee Sean McCurdy, who has already made it to Fayetteville, will be back in New Jersey this weekend to pick up his high school diploma.

A week into his college classes, Sean McCurdy boarded a flight on Wednesday to head back and pick up his high school diploma.

McCurdy, the 6-2, 180-pound point guard and University of Arkansas basketball signee, will graduate from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony's on Saturday.

"I'm looking forward to it," said McCurdy, who is the number one student grade wise in his class. "But I'll be right back down here and back to class on Monday."

McCurdy was a major figure in "The Miracle of St. Anthony," a book that chronicled the 30-0 mythical national championship team his was on back during the 2003-2004 season.

But he missed the entire 2004-2005 season while rehabbing from a foot injury, one that he is just about healed after being hurt in early December.

"Since I got down here on May 23, I have been working with (UA head trainer) Dave (England) and I'm getting really close," McCurdy said. "It looks like I will be ready to play and go full out next month. I've already been running 100 yard sprints with the guys and it's just feeling better every day.

"I've been doing a lot of shooting and now it's just a matter of getting clearance to do all the cutting and stopping and going you would in a game," McCurdy added. "But it's feeling great."

McCurdy, who averaged 15 points and 8 assists on that championship squad, has been really excited about his new home.

"I really like Fayetteville and I know I am really going to like being a part of the program," McCurdy said. "I enjoyed it when I was down here before I decided to sign and I've had the chance to really take a look at it since I got down here. I really like the people and being around these guys."

McCurdy will attend both sessions of summer school and obviously is looking forward to playing pick-up games with his teammates during the second one.

"I can't wait," McCurdy said. "I want to start getting used to everybody and trying to be a part of the team and learning where they want the ball and the best places to get it to them so they can score."

There was speculation in the book that Sean's mom Cindy would move near him during his college career, but that won't be the case.

"No, she's staying up north," McCurdy said. "It's just going to be me trying to get it done."

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