McCurdy's Journey

Most college coaches didn't get to see the real Sean McCurdy this past season at St. Anthony's because he was forced to play out of position. However, the 6-1 1/2 junior point guard could become one of the elite floor leaders in the class by the end of the summer - if not sooner.

The drive lasted about 2 ½ hours each way. On the commute to school, Sean McCurdy would try and get some sleep on egg crates. On the way home, he'd do his homework. While he was at St. Anthony's (N.J.) in classes during the day, his mother would get some sleep in the family's Ford Expedition.

This went on for more than two months until McCurdy and his mother finally found an apartment in Jersey City.

Quite a sacrifice, but when you look at the hoop background of the family, it's not all that surprising.

McCurdy's father, Bob, averaged 32.9 points per game and trailed only Adrian Dantley in scoring back when he played at Richmond in 1974-75. His mother, Cindy, hails from Indiana and has one brother who was a former Mr. Basketball in the state and a nephew, Scott Shepherd, who was a McDonald's All-American and went onto play at Florida State. Cindy McCurdy's father was a long-time high school coach in the Hoosier state as well.

That would explain Sean McCurdy's love and passion for the game – one which had him abruptly pick up and move from Connecticut just for the opportunity to play for legendary high school coach Bob Hurley.

``I just didn't like the way things were going in Connecticut," McCurdy said. "I knew about Coach Hurley and his success and I wanted to play for the best."

So McCurdy approached his mom with the idea – and the next thing they knew they made the drive for an open tryout.

Hurley was impressed enough to give McCurdy a spot on the team, with no playing time guarantees. Although his numbers were far from eye-popping (he averaged about 11 points per game on a balanced team), he was a key factor to why the team went undefeated all season.

Not many people had the chance to see the real McCurdy because the junior was forced to play out of position this past season. The 6-1 ½, 180-pound McCurdy is a completely different player with the ball in his hands.

He makes people better. He can knock down the trifecta with regularity. He is able to get to the basket, although he'll still need to work on his quickness and ability to finish in the paint. He brings leadership and toughness to the table. Plain and simple: The kid's a winner.

``He's a floor general, a competitor," New Heights coach Nick Blatchford said. "He shoots the ball well and runs the team. He's a leader and a coach on the floor."

Since college coaches haven't had a chance to watch him play the point, his recruitment hasn't begun to heat up yet. That should change quickly.

For now, McCurdy, who has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked first in his class, said he likes Notre Dame, St. Joseph's, Georgia Tech and Maryland. He also mentioned he's received interest from Clemson, UConn, Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse and West Virginia.

``I want to come in and make an impact right away wherever I go," McCurdy said. "I don't want to sit and be the second point guard."


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