Curtis Haywood II
Wing player with excellent shooting ability, basketball IQ, and defensive skills … Has a 6-foot-11 wingspan … Worked himself into the starting lineup during the non-conference season before suffering a shin injury that forced him to miss six games … Returned for seven games before being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right leg that sidelined him for the final 11 games … Underwent surgery to insert a rod in his leg to speed healing and returned for summer practice … Came to Georgia Tech from Brewster Academy, considered to be one of the nation’s best basketball programs, in Wolfeboro, N.H., where he played his senior (2016-17) year … Consensus 3-star prospect, ranked among the state’s top 10 players according to CBS’s 247Sports.com.
Started seven straight games after coming off the bench in the season opener against UCLA … Missed the next six games due to a shin injury, and was sidelined again beginning with the Jan. 31 Syracuse game due to a stress reaction in his right leg, which sidelined him the remainder of the season … Averaged 18.7 minutes in seven games in between, but hit just 4-for-20 from the floor … Averaged 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15 games, hitting 37 percent of his shots from three-point range … Scored nine points on three three-point field goals against Virginia, his most threes since Dec. 1 … Picked things up quickly early in the season, averaging 34.0 minutes over six games before injury while reaching double figures in four (10.2 ppg, 18-of-34 FG, 12-of-22 on 3s) … Hit 37 percent (17-of-46) from three-point range for the season, including a season high of 5-of-7 from against North Texas … Had 35 assists against just 17 turnovers.
Under the direction of head coach Jason Smith, led Brewster Academy to a 33-0 record, a NEPSAC (New England Prep School Athletic Council) AAA championship, and the Bobcats’ fifth national championship in the last eight seasons … Co-captain of the team who averaged 12.0 points, 4.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and a team-best 2.1 steals en route to second team All-NEPSAC honors … The latest Brewster Bobcat to enter the ACC’s hardwood brotherhood, joining Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell, Syracuse’s Taurean Thompson and former Virginia player Jarred Reuter … Before his move to New England, Haywood spent three years including an undefeated and state championship sophomore season at Mustang High School in Oklahoma.
Full name is Curtis James Haywood II … Born September 24, 1997 in Oklahoma City, Okla. … Son of Curtis and Tiera Haywood … Oldest of four children: Cur’Tiera, Cherish and Lovely .. Began playing basketball at age 12 when his father took him to camps in Oklahoma City … Enjoys listening to music and took dance and drama class in middle school … Plans to study business administration.