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Four-star guard Curtis Givens sets announcement date
By ADAM ZAGORIACurtis Givens, the four-star guard from Montverde (FL) Academy, has set his announcement date for Saturday at 5 p.m. E.T.
The 6-foot-2 Memphis, Tenn. native is considering Memphis, Indiana, Texas, LSU and Georgia Tech. He most recently visited Memphis (Sept. 22) following a trip to Indiana (Sept. 8) with Montverde teammates Derik Queen and Liam McNeeley.
He previously broke down all five schools for On3.com:Georgia Tech: “They have a history of guards. Looking back, they’re like Guard University. Coach Damon Stoudamire was a guard in the NBA. He is a point guard coach, and that means a lot to me. The facilities were great, real nice. The biggest takeaway for me was that everything on campus was real close. You didn’t have to go too far for anything, school, working out, anything.”
LSU: “Coach Matt McMahon as a history of developing great guards. When he was at Murray State, they had Ja Morant and they had Cameron Payne. He’s a point guard coach who puts the ball in his point guard’s hands and lets them control the tempo.”
Indiana: “I saw the way they developed Jalen Hood-Schifino. He’s a Montverde guard, but he’s a product of Indiana, so that really stood out for me. He was just the 17th pick in the draft.”
Texas: “I have a pretty good relationship with that staff. They called me the other week and told me that I’m actually the only point guard they’re recruiting for my class. So that really stood out to me, how much they believe in me and my game. Watching them this year, Texas likes to play in transition, and that is a big part of my game; whether I’m finding open guys or getting to the hole or knocking down open jump shots. I feel like I fit well in that environment.”
Memphis: “I have a pretty good relationship with them, we talk on a daily basis. They just tell me how much they would love for me to be a Tiger and they think I can be the next great point guard to come through there. Penny Hardaway means everything to Memphis kids. He was one of the greats from Memphis and went on to have a great NBA career. So it means a lot to have a good relationship with him.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.