Queens native honored by Cheshire Academy
by Bryan Fonseca
Jun 18, 2019 | 6173 views | 0 0 comments | 560 560 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Queens native Jason Curry, who was honored with the Junior NBA Coach of the Year Award last month, was inducted into the Cheshire Academy Hall of Fame this past weekend.

Curry, president of Big Apple Basketball, attended the Connecticut school in 1990-1991, where he graduated with academic honors and was a two-sport varsity athlete in basketball and cross country.

“My mother saves every picture I’ve ever taken in her scrap book,” Curry said during his induction speech, holding up a photo. “As I’m looking at this picture, I realized I first stepped foot on this campus of Cheshire Academy for a basketball camp.”

“Never did I ever imagine that I’d ever attend school here,” he continued. “A youth attending basketball camp ultimately became a student, and now I’m accepting a Hall of Fame award.”

Curry was co-MVP of the school’s cross country team that fall. As the basketball team’s starting point guard, Curry helped lead the team to the New England Prep School Final Four in their first season as a Class A school in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council conference.

“I wound up attending five high schools in five years, and Cheshire was the fifth school,” he said. “High school was a very difficult time for me because I just wasn’t able to maintain academic focus or excellence.”

“Within the first two days I was here, we had an orientation,” Curry added. “I remember laying out there in the grass, literally just looking up in the sky and thinking, ‘man, this is my last chance to get this right before I go to college.’ I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I knew what I wanted to do.”

After graduation, Curry was a four-year starting point guard at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, graduating as the school’s all-time leader in assists.
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