POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Rising junior guard of the Marist men’s basketball team T.J. Curry is currently trying out for the Puerto Rican National Basketball team. Curry is vying for a spot to represent Puerto Rico in the 2013 Stankovich Cup, which is held in Lanzhou, China from June 27th to July 29th. Curry’s Grandmother is a Puerto Rican citizen, allowing him the opportunity to try out for the team.
Coming off of his sophomore season in which he averaged 3.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists, Curry is looking to make the next step forward in his playing career. “Playing for Puerto Rico is going to be a great experience. It’s going to give me exposure to a different style of play and can open up opportunities that could potentially put me in a position that would give me somewhere to go after college,” said Curry.
Prior to Curry, the last Red Fox to play for the Puerto Rican National team was Bobby Joe Hatton, who began playing with Puerto Rico in 1993. Hatton played for the Puerto Rican team during the 2004 Olympics which famously stunned the United States, handing them their first loss ever in international play. Hatton followed a lineage of Puerto Rican national basketball team members as his father, Joe Hatton, represented Puerto Rico during the Olympics in 1968 and 1972.
All potential team members are staying in San Juan, Puerto Rico until tryouts are over, and the tryouts are held in Bayamon. Workouts and practices are run from June 10 until the first event on June 27 for those who make the team.