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April 17, 2014

East Forsyth Curry signs with Carson-Newman

Kernersville, NC - Larry Curry, Player of The Year in the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference this season, will signed his letter of intent to attend Carson-Newman College on Wednesday. Curry, who led the Eagles to their first 20-win-plus season in 38 years and the third Frank Spencer championship in school history, joins another Eagles program on the upswing under fourth-year coach Chuck Benson, the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year in 2012-13.

"Larry really felt at home on his visit to Carson-Newman and the staff there is really excited to get him," said East Forsyth Head Coach Mike Muse. "It is a great fit for Larry and he has the opportunity to contribute right away."


Curry's Accomplishments at East Forsyth

- 6' 3", 190 pound senior guard

- Co-Captain of one of the best teams in East Forsyth High School history

- Led EFHS in most statistical categories, including scoring (19.3), rebounding (6.1) & assists (3.7)

- With a 21-5 overall record, EFHS reaching the 20-win mark for first time in 36 seasons

- Co-champions of the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference, only the fifth conference title in school history

- Piedmont Triad 4A Conference co-Player Of the Year 2013-2014; all-conference team for 2011-12, 2012-2013, 2013-14; North Carolina All-District 7 Team 2013-14; All-Forsyth County 2012-2013; 2014 All-Northwest team (third in the Player Of Year voting)

- Led EFHS to only its third Frank Spencer Tournament championship in school history

- MVP of Frank Spencer Tournament and All-Tournament team selection with teammate Riley Larue

- Scored under 15 points only five times in 26 games, scoring over 30 points twice, over 20 points seven times plus 19 points in five other games; shot 56% & 42% respectively, in two-point & three-point FGs.

- Scored 70 points in 24 hours in road games against Northwest Guilford (36p) and Glenn (34p) during a crucial stretch of the EFHS season, shooting an almost identical 13-19 FG2s each night (28-41 FGs overall) and adding 13 rebounds.


Words from Head Coach Mike Muse

"Larry played at a very high level throughout the season and was really focused and ready to play every night. His games at Northwest Guilford & at Glenn in early February (70 points in consecutive road wins, over 24 hours) were a highlight in a season of highlights for him personally," said East Forsyth Head Coach Mike Muse. "Great players rise to the occasion on the biggest stage & we needed Larry to do that in those important back-to-back conference games at that point in the season. The two wins on consecutive nights extended our win streak to 16 games & almost guaranteed us a share of the conference championship. It was great to see him have the success he had this season, with the amount of hard work he puts in. Carson-Newman is getting a steal."

"The season didn't end the way we would have liked, but I wouldn't have traded my team for any other group I know of in the state this year & Larry Curry was clearly our leader, emotionally & statistically (19.4 ppg, 6.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists)," said Muse, who finished his second season as head coach at EFHS with a 21-5 record, after three years on the Wake Forest staff & a successful HS coaching career at North Forsyth (1991-2006) & RJ Reynolds HS (1989-90)

"Among the seven seniors on this year's team, Curry was been our clear leader on the floor & off it since Day 1. Larry is a very explosive athlete with a quick first step, a true driver/slasher/scorer with point guard skills and a college-ready body. His outside shot progressed rapidly throughout the year (56.6% FG2, 42.7 FG3 in '13-'14) and throughout his time at East Forsyth, and was also a total stopper on the defensive end.

"Larry has a tremendously high basketball IQ, which was crucial in his co-captain's role on a contending team, because we asked our group this season to absorb a college-level amount of information and process. Larry's confident presence, patience and guidance with the younger players was essential to our success, which was historic in many ways for East Forsyth in its 52 years as a school….first 20-win season in 36 years; only the fifth conference title in school history; champions of the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic for only the third time and Curry is the MVP. Most of that doesn't happen without Larry playing the huge role he did for us, both on- and off-the-court."


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