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Curran eager to be a piece of the puzzle

Spindly and quick, Max Curran is the definition of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Lightly recruited out of Pembroke Academy in the school’s namesake suburb of Concord, New Hampshire, Curran doesn’t look like he’d be headed to a Division I school.

Then, you see him play. Leading his high school in every major statistic as a senior, Curran was very much a do-everything player at Pembroke Academy. Spending this season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, MA (alma mater of former Panther Charlie Swiggett as well as Michael Beasley, Lazar Hayward, Ryan Gomes, Kim English and OKC Thunder draft pick Steven Adams), Curran will maintain freshman eligibility as he works on his skills. “There’s not one part of my game I couldn’t improve on, so I’ve been trying to round out all aspects of my game,” said Curran in an interview with PantherU.com.

Reminiscent of a slightly shorter Drew Windler (South Milwaukee product who played for Samford and Belmont), Curran is an adept three-point shooter who is commanding in transition. “I definitely have the ability to knock down threes, run the lane and dunk in transition.”

On defense, Curran figures more as a perimeter defender. Able to match speed with smaller players, his length could be a boon for the team. If he builds muscle and is up to speed for the Division I level, Milwaukee could have a defender who capitalizes on mismatches like Jordan Fouse of Green Bay.

Once he gets to Milwaukee, Curran is eager to play where he fits. “I’d play wherever Coach Jeter thinks I fit best, but I feel comfortable playing on the perimeter so I could see myself at the three spot or maybe even a stretch four.”

The year in prep school has done wonders for players like Curran who need to get up to D-I speed but don’t want to waste a year of eligibility in junior college and still need the seasoning of college-level game action. “This is more for a development year for me to work on my game and gain some weight.”Weight is an issue for Curran right now, who sits at 190. He was at 200 before a bout with pneumonia in the summer dropped him down ten pounds (he’s fine now). Having a year where he can put weight on his frame will help prepare him for the rigors of playing wing in the Horizon League.At Notre Dame Prep, Curran is playing right now with several players who are headed to Division I next year. “I fit well. My skill-set is definitely up with all the other guys, I’ve just got get in a little better shape and put on some pounds and everything will go great out here.”After Rob Jeter saw Curran play for Minnesota Grassroots on loan at an AAU tournament in Las Vegas and identified him as a must-have player, Sharif Chambliss recruited the New Hampshire product. He took an unofficial visit recently and he knew his recruitment was over. “Once I got on campus for my unofficial, I fell in love with the school. The whole atmosphere of it all was really appealing to me.”Besides a littany of offers from Division II schools, Curran was receiving heavy interest from Quinnipiac, Chattanooga, Fairfield and Saint Bonaventure. He knew he preferred Milwaukee to the other schools, so he accepted coach Jeter’s offer to become the first commitment of the 2016 recruiting class. He will take his official visit the last weekend of October and sign his National Letter of Intent shortly afterward on November 11th.

Curran doesn’t know what he wants to major in (“I’m still undecided there, I want to make sure I pick the right one.”) or what number he’ll wear (“I’d love to get number 1 again, if not maybe 7, 13, or 35.”), but he knows he wants to be here, playing for Rob Jeter, doing everything he can to be the best Milwaukee Panther he can be, starting when he arrives on campus in summer 2016.

Until then?

“Just trying to get better every day.”

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