Eric Curry's recruitment is slowly, but surely coming to an end.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Little Rock (Ark.) began a string of official visits on the first weekend of September, and by the end of the month’s third week, Curry’s three-stop tour will be complete with a decision to follow shortly after.
After visiting Minnesota (Sept. 3-5) and Iowa State (Sept. 11-13), Curry will stop at Arkansas this weekend (Sept. 18-20) before wrapping things up.
“It’s getting pretty tiring. That’s why I cancelled like the last two [visits],” Curry said. “It’s those three schools. I’m probably, more than likely, going to decide next week after I come back from the Arkansas visit.”
Ranked No. 96 by Scout.com in the 2016 class, Curry burst onto the scene following his opening Peach Jam game in July, netting offers from Minnesota, Iowa State and Arkansas to join a list that already included Alabama, SMU, Oklahoma State and others.
Curry, who has been bumped to a four-star prospect, is a hybrid forward capable of playing both on the block and on the perimeter. Iowa State sees that style being able to replace Georges Niang after the All-American graduates.
“They were just telling me they have a fast-pace offense and them watching me, I run the floor well, finish in transition well, finish around the rim well, so I fit into what they do well,” Curry said. “They see how Georges plays now, when he leaves next year, I can come in and fill in the spot that he did.”
Iowa State is also preaching playing time, which the Cyclones figure to have plenty of after they graduate four of five starters following the 2015-16 season.
“I would love coming in and playing right away,” Curry said regarding the pitch. "It is important. To be honest with you, whatever school I go to, I want to go in and play and make an impact on the team.”
Curry will take his final trip with his mother before returning home to make his decision sometime next week, sorting out his recruitment using several factors.
“[The factors are] just the style of play, how I got along with the coaches and team and stuff like that,” Curry said. “Just pretty much I’ve got to feel like the team really wants me and stuff like that, I just want to feel like I’m wanted, and I want to play right away.”
The Three Visits
On Iowa State: “It was really cool. I liked it a lot,” Curry said. “They have a good bond. All of them are like brothers. They’re always around each other, like 24/7. You wouldn’t catch one of them by themselves, they’re always around each other, so I liked it a lot. The campus atmosphere was great. They love their school, they love the basketball team.”
On Minnesota: “Minnesota was really cool too, but that visit was kind of different because I never thought of it in a big city,” Curry said. “To me the atmosphere doesn’t matter to me, I like both... But it was pretty cool out there too.”
On Arkansas: "I’m just going to treat it like all the other ones and just go and listen to what they have to offer and just ask questions like I’ve been going [to visits] and asking," Curry said. "I’ve been there [before]. I haven't taken an unofficial, but I've been there because my friend stays up there, but just not around campus."