NBA DRAFT 2001
Eddy Curry Jr.
Thornwood HS, South Holland, Ill.
December 5, 1982
Selected in the first round (fourth pick overall) by the Chicago Bulls.
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An early entry candidate for the 2001 NBA Draft.
Originally committed to attend DePaul before deciding to apply for early entry.
A member of the USA Today All-USA Basketball First Team.
Also named Parade Magazine Player of the Year and to the Parade All-America High School Boys Basketball First Team.
Named Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois, state Player of the Year by USA Today and to First Team All-State by The Associated Press.
Participated in the 2001 McDonald's All-America Game and the EA Sports Roundball Classic.
In four-year high school career, totaled 2,118 points and 960 rebounds.
"Eddy has a great attitude and is easy to coach," Thornwood High coach Kevin Hayhurst told Bob Sakamoto of the Chicago Tribune. "In this day and age of the so-called superstars, lots of times you can't wait for them to graduate and get out of here. Eddy sacrificed a lot of his scoring so the rest of the kids could be more successful. He's just a good kid."
As a senior at Thornwood High School, averaged 22 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots.
He shot 64 percent from the field.
In the state tournament, averaged 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Led Thornwood to 31-1 record and second place in the Illinois Class AA Tournament, losing to Schaumburg 66-54 in the final.
At one time, weighed nearly 310 pounds, but worked hard to trim down to his current weight of 285.
At the McDonald's All-America Game at Duke, named MVP after recording 28 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in leading the West to a 131-125 victory.
At the EA Sports Roundball Classic at Northwestern, tallied 26 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in leading the East to a 151-148 victory.
Following tournament, announced he would apply for early entry into the NBA Draft.
As a junior, averaged 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.8 blocked shots.