Despite losing out on Demarquise Johnson, the Gonzaga coaching staff is still looking to land a wing in the 2012 recruiting class. One prospect that has garnered the attention of Gonzaga is Darrious Curry of Casper College. Curry, who arrived at Casper College after transferring from West Virginia, originally committed to UTEP before switching his commitment following the departure of UTEP head coach Tony Barbee.
In order to learn more about Curry and his unlikely path from West Virginia to Casper, Wyoming, we caught up with Casper College head coach Joel Davidson. Not surprisingly, according to Davidson, Curry is likely to have a big impact for the Thunderbirds this season thanks to his versatile skill set.
"Big impact!," Davidson said of what he expects from Curry. "He is a great scorer who can really shoot it as well as get to the rim. He is very athletic and long and can cause problems on defense as well."During preparation for his freshman season at West Virginia, Curry was not cleared medically because of a heart issue. Although there was some initial fear that the injury might mean the end of his basketball career, Curry has now been cleared to play. As Davidson points out, the heart issue hasn't been an issue at all but is something they continue to monitor.
"Several cardiologists released him to participate here," explained Davidson. "He has worked out all fall, and last spring as well, and hasn't had any problems. However, it's something that we will all continue to monitor."
With Curry medically cleared to participate, Davidson is excited for him to able to return to the court and show everyone what he is capable of.
"He's a long and athletic left-hander that can really shoot it and go off the bounce. He is a very high-level athlete. He has made great strides here defensively and will continue to improve on that end of the court."
Now that the recruiting process has started anew for Curry, Gonzaga is one of a handful of schools already expressing interest.
"Nebraska, Washington State, Colorado, Auburn, Texas Tech and Wichita State," Davidson said of some of the schools that are recruiting Curry. "Gonzaga first saw him in September."
While nothing has been setup at this point, Davidson did say that it's possible that Curry will take a visit to Gonzaga this season. With Donny Daniels handling his recruitment, it will be very interesting to see how the recruitment of Curry evolves throughout the season.