FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas basketball coach Stan Heath picked up one player on the inside and one on the outside on Wednesday’s first day of the national signing period.
Guard Sean McCurdy and center Cyrus McGowan signed with the Razorbacks, leaving Heath with one scholarship available for next year, which he may or may not fill.
McCurdy is a 6-1, 175-pound shooting point guard from New Jersey. McGowan is a 6-9, 235-pounder from Meridian, Miss.
“Both of these guys will fit great into our program,” Heath says. “Sean has had a tremendous amount of success in high school. He’s a winner. Cyrus plays extremely hard. He’s known for his defense and rebounding, and he’s a great team player.”
McCurdy averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists a game as a junior. Playing for legendary coach Bob Hurley, the father of former Duke and NBA player Bobby Hurley, he led national power St. Anthony’s to a 30-0 mark last year and a No. 2 final ranking by USA Today. Although he is a combo guard, he was ranked the seventh-best point guard at the Reebok ABCD Camp this past summer.
A native of West Port, Conn., McCurdy transferred to St. Anthony’s in the ninth grade. His father, Bob, led the nation in scoring as a senior at Richmond in 1975, averaging 33.0 points per game.
McCurdy, who owns a 4.02 grade point average, chose Arkansas after also considering Massachusetts, Memphis, Stanford, Rhode Island, Maryland, Clemson, Indiana and St. Joe’s.
“Sean is well-coached and he will be ready to play,” Heath says. “He’s strong in the areas of shooting and ball-handling, and he has a winning mentality.”
McGowan led Class 5A Meridian High School to a 23-7 record and a No. 16 final overall ranking in the state. He averaged 10.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.9 blocked shots a game.
McGowan is ranked the No. 72 player in the nation by TheInsiders.com and was listed as the 24th-best player at the Reebok ABCD Camp.
He signed with the Razorbacks after also considering Georgia Tech and Mississippi State, among others.
“Cyrus will give us depth inside next year,” Heath said. “He will be groomed to be a strong frontline player for us.”
McCurdy and McGowan have both qualified academically.
Heath has a third scholarship he may or may not use during the late signing period.
“We have the availability of a third scholarship, but we will not use it in the early period,” Heath says. “We’re looking for a wing-type player, but with only one senior on the team, we can look at different options.”