Men's Hoops Signs Nicholas Curtis

April 17, 2001

All-State forward Nicholas Curtis from Oxnard (Calif.) High has signed a letter of intent with USC, Trojan men's basketball coach Henry Bibby announced today.

'Nicholas Curtis is an excellent young player with his best basketball yet to come,' Bibby said. 'We feel very fortunate to have signed a quality young man who has a chance to be a difference maker in our program.

'He has the ability to go inside as well as play facing the basket. He is also a great rebounder and shot blocker, two things that will help us next season.'

The 6-8, 220-pound Curtis earned 2001 Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Division I-AAA first team and Los Angeles Times All-Ventura and All-Pacific View League MVP honors while leading Oxnard to a 25-4 record as a senior.

A three-year starter, Curtis averaged 19.9 points, 14.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game as a senior. He shot 68.0% from the field and 79.0% from the free throw line. He is Oxnard High's career record holder for points (1,215), rebounds (1,003) and blocks (244).

As a junior, Curtis earned 2000 Los Angeles Times All-Ventura County and All-Pacific View League first team honors after averaging 14.4 points and 14.1 rebounds per game. The Yellowjackets went 24-0 in league games in Curtis' three years.

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