BOUNCE: Sydney Curry was this season’s biggest individual success story

BounceInset_2That last four years have seen Northrop senior Sydney Curry go through a lot of trials and tribulation.

Through recent controversy of him not being included on certain local all-area teams (names withheld to protect the “innocent”), Bounce thought it was pertinent to throw some respect Curry’s way.

His success this past season was one of the biggest stories area wide.

When Curry stepped onto the area high school courts, he was considered one of two freshmen who were expected to be the next big things in Fort Wayne basketball. Curry was going to change the way the game was played and was expected to impose his will from Day 1 as part of the Bishop Luers Knights. He averaged 11.3 points and nine rebounds per game as a freshman as the Knights went 13-10. Then in November of his sophomore year, Curry left Luers and later that month popped up at Horizon Christian Academy.

Those in the know understand what led to the transfer. But there is no need to be smart marks here; his past, irksome or otherwise, isn’t something anyone is trying to ignore.

In two seasons at Horizon Christian, he averaged around 17.5 points and 15 rebounds per game. The Jaguars were good and played some quality opponents while also facing off against lesser home school and non-sanctioned parochial schools. As a non-IHSAA team, they were able to schedule just about whoever they wanted. It also left area fans concerned about what level of competitiveness Curry could bring back to the Summit Athletic Conference. We all paid attention to where Curry was, but the vast majority of high school basketball aficionados weren’t watching Curry and Horizon Christian.

Prior to the start of this past season, we at Outside the Huddle named the ‘First Five,’ our highlight honor for who we expected to be the top five players in the area for the 2018-2019 campaign. Curry was omitted for a reason. Expectations for him were high and his work on the summer circuit drew interest and attention, but we just didn’t know for sure. We didn’t know how Curry would react or handle heavy pressure and enhanced competition both physically and mentally.

Northrop senior Sydney Curry attacks the rim against Blackhawk Christian.

I am here to tell you now that Sydney Curry passed his senior season with flying colors.

There were times throughout Northrop’s season that Curry could have folded mentally.

  • He struggled with foul trouble and efficiency in the Bruins’ first game against South Side.
  • Snider’s defensive pressure got the better of the Bruins and Curry in the semifinals of the SAC Holiday Tournament.
  • His nearly-scoreless first half at home against Homestead kept that game from getting out of hand.
  • Northrop twice swung and missed at clinching a SAC title with losses to Carroll and Bishop Dwenger in the closing weeks of the regular season.

There were plenty of detractors cheering against Curry in these situations. There were many more who paid closer attention in these moments. How would Curry react mentally? How would he react physically? In my humble opinion — OK, I am rarely humble in my opinion — Curry did everything he needed to do as a highly-scrutinized high school basketball player. He rose up. He helped lead the Bruins to a sectional title and put a scare into eventual state champion Carmel for two-plus quarters in the regional round.

The arguments that Curry should be considered for a spot on the Indiana All-Stars are valid ones. The fact that he shouldn’t be missing from ANY all-area list is something that can’t be denied.

(FYI, Sydney Curry was not forgotten or omitted from Outside the Huddle’s All-Area team released April 1)

Opponents of Curry the basketball player or the person should keep one thing in mind: we all have shortcomings. Sydney Curry has had his. My guess is he wouldn’t hide that or even disagree with that. But how Curry turned around his mind and his game on the court was something that was very impressive to watch during his senior season. In recent conversation of teams he wasn’t included on, it has been lost how many strides he did actually make this season. His poise alone was impressive. But his game spoke volumes.

Nobody can deny that Curry earned his spot as one of the very best players in this area, let along in this city. He solidified his spot as a Division I player on the next level and his powerful game left a stamp on a season full of big moments, games and, of course, dunks.

I won’t forget and neither will Northrop basketball, itself having a renaissance with Curry on the roster for a season. Up next: Miami of Ohio. Bounce is now curious just how well Curry will thrive on the next level.

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