Tar Heels target JamesOn

The name is JamesOn Curry. The reputation is huge. The scholarship has already been offered. And the kid is only a sophomore. (<i>updated w/ clarification</i>)

Standing at 6-foot-2, tipping the scales at a modest 160 pounds, Curry finds himself being touted as the next superstar in the state of North Carolina -- if he isn't one already.

The Eastern Alamance star recently torched the nets with his much-publicized 59-point explosion in which he was a perfect 9-for-9 from the three point arc. Matt Doherty and Fred Quartlebaum have already made the trip to Mebane, N.C. to catch him in action.

His averages of 27 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals per game are impressive. His court awareness and quickness are impressive. But the thing that has the college coaches enamored is his ability to shoot the rock.

And boy, can he shoot it.

"With that kid -- it's not that he's a big time point guard," says one major college assistant coach. "It's that he's a big time shooter, scorer. He just creates so much by himself. It's like there's really no way to defend a kid like that. He really understands how to score. How to get his shot off and he can flat stroke it. From deep, from the corners, from the elbows, in the lane -- he fills it up."

Another division one assistant agrees.

"JamesOn is a big time shooter," he said. "He can handle the point, but that kid is a shooter, first and foremost."

So, it seems that most people agree that the thing that makes Curry so special is his ability to shoot the ball. And his ability to create for himself. He also has a solid handle and elite quickness. But as always, along with the praise, comes some things that he must improve upon, as his assistant coach, Anthony Noell notes.

"He's a hard worker, " Noell said. "But like any players his age, he's got to keep getting bigger, stronger and faster." Noell, however, agrees that the super sophomore has some gifts on the offensive end.

"It's almost effortless, " says Noell. "The way he just gets his shots off -- it just comes so easy to him."

Head coach John Moon said, "He's able to create space between himself and the defender so well. Plus he can hit the mid-range stop and pop shots, drive the ball to the basket and he can dunk the ball.

"He, basically, can do it all. It's great to be able to coach a kid like that."

It's those aforementioned skills that have UNC in awe of the young prep star.

Doherty made the trip to see Curry last Friday night. After the game, he told Moon that the scholarship offer was on the table for Curry, and later Moon received a letter from Doherty reiterating the offer.

"I'm speechless," Curry told TheInsidersHoops.com.

But UNC is by no means the only school that has showed an interest in the kid.

"Duke has been here, Kentucky has seen him work out, NC State too. And Clemson has paid us a visit as well," Moon said.

According to Moon, Curry also isn't the first in his family to have an impressive athletic career at the small 2A school, that's located between Burlington and Durham, as his father and uncle both played there and his mother played softball there as well. So, it's quite obvious that being athletic is something that runs in the family for JamesOn.

As for the shooting accuracy, he scored his 1,000th point the other night, and if all goes as planned, there are many more points to be had for the 16-year-old.


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