Arkansas native Eric Curry verbally committed to Richard Pitino and Minnesota on Wednesday, he informed Scout.
"I chose Minnesota because when I took my official it felt like home," Curry said. "Everyone was very welcoming. I just bonded with everybody really good. It just felt welcoming. I see myself fitting in their style of play and the coaches I just felt comfortable with them."
Curry, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward, took an official visit to Minnesota the weekend of September 5th. He also strongly considered and took official visits to Iowa State and Arkansas, who he visited this past weekend.
"To be honest it kind of hit me probably the week I came back from Iowa State," Curry said when asked when he realized he wanted to go to Minnesota. "Just the way I bonded with the team and how I see myself fitting in the team and how I bonded with their coaches really well."
Curry said he built a strong relationship with Pitino.
"Me and coach P talk everyday," he said. "Me and him have a very close relationship. He talks to me about how I can come in and fit in with them right away and make a big impact right away. He told me I can help their program."
During the spring and summer, Curry played for the Arkansas Wings on the Nike EYBL circuit. Through 10 games in the league, Curry averaged 10.1 points on 52-percent shooting from the field, while also reeling in 6.8 rebounds a game.
"I see myself fitting in really well because they get up and down and are an uptempo type team and that’s how I play," Curry said.
A standout at Little Rock (Ark.) Southwest Christian Academy, Curry is ranked No. 96 overall in the 2016 recruiting class.
Minnesota now has three pledges in their 2016 class. Curry joines No. 41 Amir Coffey and three-star forward Michael Hurt.
With the Curry pledge, Minnesota moves up to No. 15 in the 2016 recruiting class rankings.