HYATTSVILLE — As one of Montgomery County’s top private school varsity boys basketball teams faced off with one of its top public school teams, it was the shooting of Kamdyn Curfman that led the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas to victory over the Paint Branch Panthers in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School, by a score of 64-54.
Curfman, one of two remaining starters from last year’s IAC title team, will see his role change drastically. Last year, he was more of a spot-up shooter, whereas in the coming 2018-19 season, he will have the ball in his hands much more, and be relied upon as one of the primary scorers on the team.
It’s a role he is taking on well for the Little Hoyas in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha.
“Definitely more volume of shots, I’m not used to taking that many shots, but I have to step up offensively. Do more, get to the basket more, get more assists, get more dump-offs to bigger guys…get everyone involved, and I have to be cognizant of getting everyone involved,” Curfman said of his changing role.
With the departure of superstar point guard Jared Bynum, Curfman has now stepped into more of a point guard role.
Behind Paint Branch’s own explosive scorer, Richard Dudley, the Panthers got off to a solid start, and built a small lead over Georgetown Prep.
Then Curfman started to get hot.
Georgetown Prep came back to take a 14-13 lead, and increased it to 17-13 on a Curfman step-back three. Dejean Desire, the other returning starter for Georgetown Prep, was excellent on the glass, and on defense. His length and athleticism caused problems for Paint Branch.
Georgetown Prep built up a lead in the first half, and didn’t look back from there, taking a 41-34 lead into halftime. Turfman hit four three-pointers in the first half, and he and Desire combined for 26 first-half points.
Curfman stayed hot for the rest of the game. Georgetown Prep continued to pull away in the second half, leading by as much as 13 points, until the game ended with the final score 64-54.
Curfman led all scorers with 24 points, and made seven three-point shots. When he started to get hot from behind the arc, he was impossible to stop.
“Coming off of O’Connell, I shot bad, I was just trying to get back in a groove and everything. Staying positive, staying confident, definitely just letting it flow. Obviously I’m not Steph Curry, but if you watch shooters like them, they never get down on themselves. Coaches are constantly reminding me I’m a good shooter. So, just getting back to that,” Curfman said.
Curfman has gotten interest from many Division I schools, largely in the Ivy League and Patriot League.
Desire had a double-double, with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Georgetown Prep doesn’t have the size they did a year ago with Offurum and Nweke, thus Desire’s rebounding will be a key for success for the Little Hoyas this season. Belo Oranye, one of the other big men on the team, had nine rebounds in the game.
For Paint Branch, Richard Dudley had 19 points, while Jordan Alphonso had 13 points with 14 rebounds.
Georgetown Prep improved to 3-2 in the summer league, while Paint Branch fell to 1-4.