Milwaukee Riverside point guard Carlos Curtis is taking his official visit to the UW-Green Bay campus this weekend.
The 6’3” Curtis scored 19.0 points and tallied 6.4 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game last season as a junior at Riverside and was named to the Milwaukee City Conference’s all-conference first team.
He is a 3-star recruit according to ESPN and is the 5th ranked prospect in the state. He is the top uncommitted recruit in the state according to WisSports and is ranked #6 behind five players who are heading to power conference schools.
In an interview with Mark Stewart of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Curtis made it clear he wants to play right away as a freshman next season, something that the Phoenix would be able to offer after Avery Brown’s dismissal from the team and the graduation of Khalil Small following this season.
“As I make my choice, number one is going to actually play,” Curtis said, via JSonline.com. “Not everybody wants to go in and be a back-up. I actually want to get on the floor and show my talents and be able showcase what I can do and show the reason why the coach recruited me. That would be the main thing.”
He also talked about the importance of his family being able to watch him play and how much getting a good education means to him for his life after basketball. Curtis mentions possibly becoming a mechanical engineer or entrepreneur.
(For good measure, UWGB is in the early phases of developing an on-campus innovation park and plans to create a mechanical engineering degree program in the very near future).
“You always got to have a backup plan, it’s not always about basketball,” Curtis said. “The ball is going to stop bouncing once upon a time so I want to make sure I’m making the right decision for me as a person not just as a basketball player.”
Along with Green Bay, he holds scholarship offers from Drake, IUPUI, Milwaukee, East Tennessee State, Cleveland State, Wright State, and Chicago State. So far Curtis has taken official visits to Wright State and East Tennessee State.
The Phoenix have three open scholarships for the 2018 class and seem to have made Curtis and Madison native Keshawn Justice their top two priorities. Green Bay’s coaching staff has watched both prospects play several times and made an in-home visit to both last month.
Curtis also visited the UW-Green Bay campus in June.