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From Yahoo! News: NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Curran spent more than five decades compiling among the best records in high school basketball and baseball.
"I wouldn't trade the dirt under his (Roche's) fingernails for anyone else's soul"~ Coach Frank McGuire
Also coached Kenny Smith and Kenny Anderson (maybe the best HS player of all time)...He also coached Brian Winters, Jim Larranaga and Sundiata Gaines...Met him a couple of times at the Beach Ball when I was young...Was an incredibly nice guy...
Bobby Carver in both baseball & basketball. At one time, Bobby was only the 4th High Schooler ever to be named consensus 1st Team All-NYC in both basketball & baseball (1968). Of course, Frank McGuire coached Jack Curran & a whole host of former New York-area High School & College coaches, including Lou Carnesecca & Al McGuire, at St. John's. Coach (Frank) McGuire also coached Jack Curran in baseball at St. John's!!
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I went to his summer basketball camp when I was 17. A very impressive man. Stately presence. He seemed old then and that was 39 years ago.
His players at the camp loved him for sure. I played against one of the players mentioned in the article, Whitey Rigsby. You could tell he was one of Coach Curran's favorites.
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What a great man. Had a chance to meet him on several occasions at the Beach Ball, like Jamie. For me, it was like talking to a god.
We sure owe him at USC for Bobby Carver, Kevin Joyce and Brian Winters, and Bobby Cremins sure owed him for Kenny Anderson and John Martinson.
So many people don't realize he played baseball for Frank McGuire at St. John's, not basketball, just like Louie Carnesecca(Louie was a basketball manager). Mario Cuomo was on the Redmen nine with them too.
No doubt he's on Jim Larranaga's mind this weekend. It would be quite a tribute to Coach Curran if Miami could win the ACC tourney.
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Late Davidson great Brian Adrian played for AB and Curran. He was a thorn in USC's side. So did UNC legends York Larese and Tommy Kearns, from Frank's 1957 championship team.
You're right about Adrian, Plano!! That "floppy-haired" dude brought that deadly jump-shot into Carolina Coliseum. Who would have believed if that they had known we would have just 2 losses, that both would be at home & none would be to ACC teams??
Yep, that was surprising, although Davidson in particular had some great talent - Doug Cook, Jerry Kroll, Mike Maloy and of course Adrian. Brian played the game of his life that night. They finished 22-5 that year, I believe.
Sadly, he passed a few years ago in Charlotte. I linked an article about him below.
Bryan Adrian was a private person, right to the end when he succumbed to lung cancer.
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Great stuff, fellows. Thanks.
Oh yeah...especially Maloy!! That guy was phenomenal. Thanks for the link on Adrian, Plano!! When I first heard of his death, my mind went back instantly to that night at the Coliseum!!
I remember McGuire saying onetime that Larranaga had wanted to come to Carolina, but "you can't take everybody".
Quite a St. Patrick's Day in heaven as Coach Curran and Coach McGuire celebrate Curran's paisano Jimmy Larranaga's ACC title, and Russ Smith's Big East title with Louisville last night.
Imagine coaching the point guard of the 1957 NCAA champs and the 2013 Big East champs. Now that's a full life.
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