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Eddy Curry out of Thornwood High School
College: Thornwood High School
Height: 6'-11"
Weight: 290
Class: N/A
Birth Date: December 5, 1982
Age: 37 years, 323 days old
HomeTown: Calumet City, IL
NBA Comparison: Shaquille O'Neal Notes on Eddy Curry
The comparisons to Shaquille O'Neal have been made for well over a year now and as expected Curry is declaring for the NBA Draft straight out of high school. Some even wondered if the kid wouldn't come out after his junior season when he averaged 24.6 points (hitting 62% of his shots), 11.2 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game against some terrific high school competition. Put up 22, 10 and 3 as a senior. Scored 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in the 2001 McDonald's All-American Game and was named the MVP for the effort. Said one opposing high school coach, "Eddy Curry is a mountain man. He's a mountain of a man. He's huge, and he's going to get the ball one way or another. You can't stop him."
Strengths of Eddy Curry
Big, strong and moves extremely well due to his gymnastics background. Didn't pick up basketball until 9th grade so his talent and potential is untapped. Overpowering player in high school yet has very good (and large) hands and can get high up off the floor. Unlike Shaq, can hit free throws, knocking down 70% from the charity stripe. Very strong move to the hoop and shows excellent center skills in the post. Also praised for his passing skills out of the paint.
Weaknesses of Eddy Curry
Some say he's 7-feet tall, others say 6'9". Some say 310 pounds, others 280. Some say could be better suited as a power forward rather than a center. Not a dominating shot blocker. Hype of Curry as "Baby Shaq" has left some scouts disappointed. While he went "Diesel" on high schoolers, he's going to find many in the NBA tough to overpower. Could use work on his condititoning.
Curry on the Rockets?
The Rockets lack any kind of punch in the paint. Curry has punch and then some. Kelvin Cato has been an enigma and a disappointment and a potential force at center like Curry would be a god send to the Rockets. However, when we woke up, it was clear that Curry would be long gone in this draft before the Rockets make a selection.