Curtis was among many area seniors who signed national letters of intent on Wednesday. It began a week-long early signing period for basketball and the regular signing period for all NCAA Division I and II sports but football.
Tracy Arrington (left) and Gustelia Scott, both aunts, attend Samari Curtis’ signing to play basketball at the University of Cincinnati at Xenia High School on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
NCAA D-I football will have an early signing period from Dec. 19-21, the second year for that. The traditional regular signing period for football is Feb. 6-April 1 of 2019.
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A 6-foot-4 projected wing and guard, Curtis is on pace to join the area’s all-time most prolific scorers. He has led the Greater Western Ohio Conference in scoring each of the last two seasons and was among the state’s best as a junior (29.8 points).
Curtis has scored 1,293 points in three seasons at Xenia, which includes 145 three-pointers. That’s why Xenia coach Kent Anderson has implored Curtis to shoot more during recent preseason scrimmages.
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“I’m happy for him and I’m happy for us, too, that we at least have him for the (season),” beamed Anderson during a ceremony that drew family, friends at teammates. “We’re proud of him as a community, as a school and a program. I just think UC is a great fit for him.”
Mackenzie Cosby (left, cousin), Rodney Cosby Jr. and Gustelia Scott (aunt) attend Samari Curtis’ signing to play basketball at the University of Cincinnati at Xenia High School on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Xenia dipped to 11-12 overall last season and has a mostly underclass lineup, except for an exceptional senior who Anderson labels “the best” to have played for the Buccaneers.
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“I’m willing to do anything that it takes for us to win,” Curtis said. “We have more scorers, so I won’t have to average 30 points or shoot 20 times a game. I don’t care how many points I get, I just want to win as much as possible. Whatever my team needs, that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Xenia opens the season on Friday, Nov. 30 at Stebbins.
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Other high-end basketball recruits who were expected to sign were Andre Gordon (Virginia Tech), who just last week re-enrolled at Sidney after transferring to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and Amari Davis (Wisconsin-Green Bay) of Trotwood-Madison.
Samarie Curtis huddles with his mother Revonne Arrington after he signed to play basketball for the University of Cincinnati at Xenia High School on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
• At least four area seniors signed to play at Dayton and Wright State.
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Future Flyers are Grace Homan (Botkins) for track and field and Kyle Schmidt (Lakota East) for golf.
Signing with the Raiders were Braedon Norman (Butler) for baseball and Grace Gressly (Lebanon) for softball.
• Centerville senior Yariel Soto signed with Tennessee’s track and field program. He soared to No. 1 among junior decathletes in the United States last summer.
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• A listing of area seniors who signed or will sign is posted on daytondailynews.com/sports/. Contact us by email at email@example.com with other signing information.
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