Wednesday, November 05, 2008


November 5, 2008

A welcomed sight for Providence fans this season will be the return of Sharaud Curry to the line-up. The Tim Welsh tenure ended after last season, but the injury to Curry which caused him to miss all but 8 minutes of the season, effectively ended it much earlier.

After averaging over 15 points and 4.4 assists a game as a sophomore, Currly looked as if he was ready to claim his spot among the top point guards in the conference. However a preseason foot injury turned into a season-ender and those hopes, along with the season of the Friars, went down the drain.

Curry is a confident offensive player that should thrive in the system of new Friar coach Keno Davis. Curry will have the ball in his hands often and be asked to create and score in an uptempo and open offense. The laid back approach of coach Davis is likely to jive quite well with Curry this season.

Another positive to Curry as your point guard, he is one of the best free throw shooters in the history of the conference, with a career percentage near 90% from the stripe. One area that does need to be improved is his assist to turnover ratio as, for his career, he is close to averaging three turnovers a game.

Of course, missing a year due to injury will take some time to get into the swing of things. The Friars are bringing Curry along somewhat slowly this preseason to make sure he is healthy, much like Pittsburgh is doing with Levance Fields. Keno Davis understands well that the college basketball odds of his team being a tournament sleeper candidate increases greatly with a healthy Curry on the court.



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