January 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Curtis Kyzima had been struggling on the offensive side of the floor for the New Providence boys’ basketball team. Up until last Thursday’s game against David Brearley, Kyzima had not reached the 20-point plateau in any of the previous nine games.
Facing the Brearley Bears, Kyzima went off for 29 points, including nine 3-pointers. Followed by a 13-point performance against Arthur Johnson on Friday, Kyzima averaged 21 points over the two games the Pioneers played last week.
Because of his offensive prowess, The Alternative Press of New Providence is pleased to announce Curtis Kyzima as its’ Athlete of the Week.
“Its definitely a confidence booster,” Kyzima said. “I was struggling a little bit with my 3-point shot. Nine 3-pointers in a game will definitely get my confidence back up. Sometimes the basket just feels like an ocean. Its pretty cool like that.”
Prior to the Brearley game, the 3-point specialist had only hit 19 deep balls all season. He has nearly doubled that amount over the past three games.
So what sparked the sudden onslaught of success from beyond the arch, Kyzima said “he went back to the tape.”
“My dad told me, he’s a bowler, and when he was struggling, he looked at the tape from his 300 games,” Kyzima said. “I looked at the tape from last year, two nights ago. I figured out something I was doing with my elbow, I wasn’t tucking it enough. Now I think I zeroed in.”
New Providence head coach Art Cattano didn’t see much of a change in Kyzima’s shot, but noticed his confidence was back.
“You can just tell he was feeling it,” Cattano said. “He was deeper and deeper and he was stroking it. That’s good for him. I don’t think he’s been as hot with his three as he normally was, so its good to get him back. It will give him more confidence.”
Kyzima is approximately 80 points shy of 500 for his career. Considering he only scored two varsity tallies before his junior year, getting to the 500-point plateau is some feat. Despite his accomplishments on the basketball court, its Kyzima’s success in track and field that could possibly lead him in a college career.
While he hasn’t decided on a particular school just yet, Kyzima said he has interest from schools based on his basketball talent, as well as his track and field ability.
Kyzima and the rest of the New Providence boys’ basketball program are back in action on Thursday when they host Hillside at 7 p.m.