Thursday, April 15, 2010
Ex-Lion on ABA championship squad
By CLAUDE VINSON
A former standout basketball star for the H.W. Byers Lions is now a part of the Southeast Texas Mavericks of the American Basketball Association and helped the Mavs win the ABA championship March 28 at the Parker Multi-Purpose Center in Port Arthur, Texas.
Currye Todd’s name resonates throughout the annals of the basketball program at H.W. Byers High School in Marshall County. Coach Gerone Kirkland, the head coach for the Lions for many years, remembers bringing Todd on as a ninth-grader.
“He was ready to play from day one,” Kirkland said. “He was a true shooter and he loved to shoot the ball. Currye had excellent hands and great skills as a ball handler. He was highly recruited by colleges and universities beginning in his junior year.”
The coach said Todd set a single game scoring record in his time as a Lion.
“There are only a few secondary ball players who can say that they put up more than 60 points in a single game,” Kirkland said.
Todd played for Northwest Community College in the 2005-06 season and for Lamar University from 2006-08. He made the starting five of the Southeast Texas Mustangs in ’08-’09 and averaged more than 20 points per game. He was elected to the ABA All Star squad in 2008, All ABA Honorable Mention in 2009, ABA C0-Rookie of the Year in ’09.
Listed as a legitimate NBA prospect, the 6-6, 190-pound guard is the son of Olton and Odessa Todd.
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