Xenia's Samari Curtis lighting it up
XENIA - If you've ever been to a Xenia basketball game, it's not long before you see Samari Curtis pull up. He has the green light, and everyone knows it.
"He has to have two conditions," Xenia head boys basketball coach Kent Anderson said. "One, he's gotta be in at least Greene County when he shoots it, and number two, he needs to be across half court."
"Even though my coach is giving it to me, my teammates want me to do it just as well," Curtis said. "So it feels even better for real."
The junior guard scores in bunches.
"i know the work I put in so i know I can kind of do what i want on the court sometimes," Curtis said.
Samari already eclipsed 1,000 points in his high school career, which is remarkable considering he missed time at the start of last season with a wrist injury.
This year, he leads the GWOC with nearly 32 points a game, but he also shares the love.
"He still is one of the leaders in our conference in assists," Coach Anderson said. "He still gets excited about making that flashy pass when another player scores."
With a game like his, college programs are showing interest.
"Xavier, UC, Kent State, Akron, Toledo, UD, Florida has texted me before, Kansas State," Curtis said. "It's just a blessing for real. I never thought I would be this far in basketball but you know, with a lot of work, it's just, anything is possible."
Samari is only getting better. He even has a 50 point game under his belt in 2018 (against Tippecanoe), with still so much left to accomplish.
"He either by the end of this year or early next year is gonna take over our all time scoring lead at 1400 points," Coach Anderson said. "I think he may be a 2000 point scorer by the time he's done, but that's a challenge we're really putting at him now. How much better can you make your supporting cast and let's see how far we can get in the tournament and can Xenia get back to districts, we haven't been to districts since 1993."
"Last year we won two games in the tournament," Curtis said. "I wanna get to like three or four. I just wanna win. That's all I really care about."
Green light on.