2016 wing has SMU standing out

2016 Arkansas Wings wing Eric Curry talked with Billy about his recent SMU offer and interest!

2016 Little Rock (Ark.) Southwest Christian wing Eric Curry has SMU’s full attention due to his athleticism and fit in the system and recently, assistant KT Turner told Curry some good news.

“We talked on the phone and the assistant coach (KT Turner) told me they were going to offer me,” Curry said.

Turner is selling Curry on the opportunity to fit in and also get a great degree.

“He was just telling me that if I come down there, I could fit in their program real good, how I’d like it down there and if I get a degree from there, it will take me a long way and how good of a coach Larry Brown is,” Curry said.

The pair texts almost every day and is on the way to building a great relationship.

“He’s real cool. He’s a real good guy,” the 6-8, 210-pound wing said. “He seems like a down to earth type of guy. He likes to have fun and watch basketball.”

Earning an offer from SMU’s Hall of Fame coach is not lost on the rising senior.

“I was very excited because I know that means a lot to get an offer from them,” Curry said. “Him liking me, that was exciting.”

SMU hasn’t been a major force in the past, but with Brown at the helm, Curry sees a program that is certainly on the rise.

“They’re on the rise as a major college. They haven’t been that good, but since Larry Brown came in, they’ve been good and coming up,” “If I did go there, it could impact me a lot to get his teaching and stuff.”

Oklahoma State, VCU, St. Louis and Western Kentucky have offered Curry. Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Tulsa, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon, Memphis and Vanderbilt are showing interest as well.

SMU, St. Louis and Arkansas are the three standing out to Curry early, who wants to sign in the early period and plans to start taking visits soon.

SMU will get a visit in June from Curry he says, but the rest will begin following Peach Jam.

“I’m trying to see how well I get along with the coaches and the players and how campus is,” Curry said.

Curry wants a team that uses him the way his Arkansas Wings team does and that can use his athleticism to run the floor.

“A team that plays my type of play style,” Curry said. “I like up-tempo type of teams. I don’t like teams that are just going to go down there and stand there and run plays. I like teams that are going to get up and down the floor.”

Curry has watched SMU a few times this season and likes how the wings have the ability to go to the post and also play on the perimeter too — something SMU does a lot of.

“My coach will put me in situations where he knows I have an advantage,” Curry said. “If I have a smaller guy, I can go to the post and if I have a big guy on me, I can take him out to the perimeter. Just great matchups.”

Curry says he’s progressed nicely on the perimeter, but still has a lot of work to do. So far, he’s averaged over 10 points on almost 60 percent shooting and 6.6 rebounds per game.


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