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Posted On: 05/20/18 5:00 AM
Richmond Heights 6’3” team captain and lead guard Curtis Houston (2019) is a recruitable prospect who could bring a lot to the table at the next level. He has excellent size as a point guard, can handle, shoot it, or get to the rim.
On top of that, Houston could excel in a variety of offensive systems. Even in high school, Houston has adapted to two different roles for Richmond Heights.
“Freshman and sophomore year I played the two. Then, my new coach came and they’re trying to build me into a true point,” Houston said.
Houston willingly accepted the challenge and now shows poise and leadership as a primary ball-handler.
“My coach wants me to be another version of him on the court. So — no matter what, if we’re up or down — I’m always on my teammates’ back. Even though they don’t like it, I always got to be on everybody’s back. I got to lead,” he said.
Houston’s transition paid off. He earned Division IV Third Team All State honors by averaging 13.0 points and 6.0 assists, leading Richmond Heights to an 18-4 record. However, he wasn’t satisfied with how the season ended.
“We all feel like we could’ve got past Warren JFK. We should’ve been in States, because we had the talent,” Houston said.
They’ll bring that same energy to the court next year, as Houston told us they have State Championship expectations already.
He hopes to improve his all-around game going into his senior season, telling us, “I need to improve on everything. There’s nothing in my game that’s really perfect.”
At the present moment, recruitment is a big priority for seniors-to-be. Houston tells us Tulane stays in touch with his coach. He also took a visit to Kent State last summer. He’s no longer in contact with the Golden Flashes however.
Houston won’t be too picky when it comes to finding a college program.
“I really wanted to go to an HBCU. But at this point, I’m just trying to get into college no matter what college it is,” Houston said.
Unfortunately for Houston, colleges are going to have a hard time seeing him as he’s no longer able to run with All Ohio Black right now for financial reasons. He’s looking for a new team to jump on quickly.
Academically, Houston carries a 2.8 GPA and is awaiting his ACT score.