PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- It’s not often a player with big offers is totally off the radar, but such seems to be the case with 2018 point guard Curtis Aiken Jr. Curtis plays in the sometimes-forgotten basketball city of Pittsburgh, PA and is one of the best talents in the area. His North Allegheny squad is perennially among the contenders from the area. Yet, under the radar he flies.
This tough scoring guard can fill it up in bunches, especially from deep where he loves to fire jumpers. He’s got a knack for getting into the lane and absorbing contact. He is explosive athletically and is a crafty finisher. Curtis handles the ball well and finishes in transition.
“I want to work on improving my mid-range game,” said Aiken when asked what he thought he could do to improve his game. Along with that, the ability to control the tempo of the game and run the offense will be key to his development as a player.
He holds offers from hometown Pitt, TCU, and Tennessee, while interest is coming in from Virginia Tech, Dayton, Purdue, Maryland, Illinois, Duquense, and Rutgers. He is currently running with the Rytes Warriors on the ADIDAS Silver Gauntlet, and has been solid so far.
“My goal is to get better this summer while winning a championship in South Carolina at the summer championships.”
With his dad being a player at Pitt, it would be tough to bet against them should they turn up the heat on Curtis. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some regional players get involved. This recruitment is far from over and could go into his senior year.
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