It has come as little surprise that Little Rock (Ark.) forward Eric Curry emerged onto the recruiting scene during the three-week July evaluation period.
Curry, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward, stood out during his first Peach Jam game in early July and schools lined up with interest afterward. Iowa State was one of several schools that quickly jumped in Curry’s mix from there.
“After my first game in Peach Jam coach [Steve] Prohm texted me to tell me they had watched me and stuff like that and they wanted to offer me a scholarship,” Curry said. “They’ve been texting and talking to me almost every day. [Daniyal Robinson] and Coach Prohm, I almost have contact with them everyday."
The 2016 prospect added offers from Minnesota, Iowa State and Arkansas during that time shortly after Peach Jam, joining a list that already included Alabama, SMU and Oklahoma State among others. Vanderbilt has shown strong interest recently while Iowa, Memphis and Oregon have checked in as well.
Curry still feels his recruitment is in the relatively early stages. He will make his first official visit, to Minnesota, on September 3 and is expecting to have his four other official visits decided upon and planned this month.
“A school hasn’t really stuck out to me, because I’m still very open with my recruitment,” Curry said. “I’m just taking it all in and taking my time.”
Curry, who is a three-star prospect potentially on the verge of earning a fourth, has quickly become a key target for Iowa State in the 2016 class, one in which the Cyclones will have at least six open scholarships.
That has led to a key pitch from Iowa State coaches.
“They say I fit in their program very well and I can come in and be an immediate impact player for them,” Curry said. “I’m very interested in Iowa State.”
Curry is a versatile player who could fit into Iowa State’s fast-pace system.
“I get up and down the floor, I can create mismatches, I can bring guys out on the perimeter,” Curry said. “I’m really like a stretch-four type of kid.”
As of now, Curry is uncertain of his recruiting timeline.
“I have no clue,” he said of a timeline. “I’m just going to take my time on it.”