In this Scorers 1st series, we will be meeting the new additions to our agency who have joined after finishing their respective college careers and as they prepare to make the jump from campus to the pros.
This week we get to know Brandyn Curry of Harvard University. Curry -- a Senior co-captain who ranks fifth all-time on the school's assist list with 489 assists -- was an integral part for head coach Tommy Amaker’s squad who captured the Ivy League championship this season and made a prominent run in the NCAA Tournament by going 27-5 overall during 2013-14.
Give us the scouting report on Brandyn Curry. How would you best describe yourself as a player?
I think the best way to describe myself as a player is just simply as a playmaker. Whether it is setting my teammates up, locking down a key player or having to handle the scoring load, I pride myself on being a complete player who can do it all. I love the challenge of guarding the opposing teams best player. No greater feeling than shutting someone down. Offensively, I am very comfortable with having the ball in my hands a lot and making the right decision. I love the pick and roll. We used it all the time in our offense. Playing both the point guard and shooting guard position for Harvard has highlighted my passing and scoring capabilities. While at times I was more of pass first point guard early on in my college career, this past year I was more of a scorer at the shooting guard position. Whatever it is that my team needs most out of me I am confident I can deliver.
Looking back on your college career at Harvard, what do you appreciate the most about that experience?
I definitely appreciate all the love and support we got from our families, friends, and the rest of the Harvard community. Harvard really is a special place and I have enjoyed all the encounters I’ve had with the people here. The entire journey with all the history we made by turning Harvard into a relevant basketball program has been a tremendous experience. There is no doubt that it would not have happened with all the support we received here. Another aspect I really appreciate was all the hard work the entire team and coaching staff put in to turn this program around. Coach (Tommy) Amaker had a unique vision in wanting to make Harvard basketball into a program that could contend with any team in the nation and it was great just to be part of the whole process. As with all great things, I think people underestimate all the hard work and time is takes to achieve these types of feats so I just appreciate all of the hard work we put in.
What goal/goals have you set as you consider your first year playing professionally?
My main goal in my first year is really just to show everyone the kind of player that I am fully capable of being. With the kind of system we had at Harvard along with a deep and talented team, I do not feel that I was able to showcase all of talents, especially as a scorer, simply because I was not needed to. As I mentioned before, I was more of a pass first point guard because that was the role Coach Amaker needed me to fill. Also, our team was very deep since we had so many talented players so our numbers were pretty balanced. I don’t feel my stats really fully highlight the type of player I can be and I just want to prove that early on. Besides that my goal is always to lead my team to a championship so along the way of doing that I hope to showcase my talents as well.
Can you break down your offseason training schedule?
My offseason training is something I take very serious. I workout six days a week and like to do 2-3 workouts a day. I usually start of my day with an intense weightlifting and conditioning session with my athletic trainer in the morning. I lift and do conditioning four times a week, usually Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Next, I go to my basketball trainer and workout out with him for a solid hour and a half. A lot of ball handling and shooting are of course the main components we work on since I play both guard positions. I also like to do a lot of lateral quickness drills with my basketball trainer to continually get better with my defense. All of my workout sessions are not very long but are always intense. Time is very valuable and I always try to make sure I use it efficiently as possible. Last year I tried yoga for the first time and I feel in love with it so I try to go to my local yoga studio after my workouts to stretch out as a nice cool down.
Who has helped influence you as a person/player and what words of advice have they shared?
Along my journey there have been a countless number of people who have influenced me on and off the court starting from my first basketball coach as a 5-year old all the way to my coach at Harvard Tommy Amaker. I could go on for a long time talking about the different impacts and advice I have received from them all. However, the person who has influenced me the most both as a person and a player is undoubtedly my Dad. He was the one who first taught me how to play the game and is a huge reason for the person and player I am today. When I was young he always told me that I should never have to brag about anything. Instead, I should just let my game and actions speak for itself. He also stressed the importance of being a complete player who could do everything on the court and constantly working on your game to keep improving. As a result, I am always looking for ways to become better. Till this day he is still my biggest fan and my biggest critic.
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