If there’s one thing opposing defenses know about Kamdyn Curfman, it’s that he can fill it up from 3-point range.
That knowledge hasn’t helped them stop him, though.
The Georgetown Prep (Md.) 2019 guard hit a combined 15 3-pointers in a pair of Georgetown Prep victories at the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha last weekend, further solidifying his status as one of the area's top perimeter marksmen.
“[I'm making shots] off the dribble, too, its not just spot-up," he said. "I’m shooting it off the dribble right now, and I’m not playing off the ball really that much. Last year I was playing off the ball and showing that I could shoot spot-up 3’s, but this year I’m mostly doing it pick-and-roll and off the dribble and getting my teammates involved.”
On Saturday, Curfman went 7-of-15 from 3-point range en route to 24 points in a 64-54 win over Paint Branch, and followed that up on Sunday by hitting eight 3-pointers and scoring 34 points in a 67-64 win over McKinley Tech. He went 10-of-17 from the field in the second game, and 8-of-13 from behind the arc.
Despite his 3-point production, Curfman said he's focusing on improving other aspects of his offensive game this summer.
“Definitely mid-range and getting to the basket more," he said. "I know I can rely on the 3-point shot - its mostly there all the time so I can always fall back on that - but when I get to college I’ve got to expand my game to more areas. I know I have it, but just doing it consistently all the time, that’ll be the biggest thing for me.”
The 6-foot, 175-pound Curfman will be counted on to play an expanded offensive role for Georgetown Prep next season. The defending IAC Champions graduated three Division I players in star point Jared Bynum (St. Joseph’s) and forwards Ike Nweke (Columbia) and Mezie Offerum (George Washington).
“People probably see us as underdogs," Curfman said, "but we shouldn’t see ourselves that way. We’re still a very talented group, it's just that we had an abundance of talent last year. We still have all the pieces that we need to win, and we really feel that way. Me, DeJean [Desire], Miles [Somerville], Belo [Oranye], and we have all the role players we need, so we’re not really worried about that.”
On the recruiting front, Curfman holds a D-I offer from American University, and has been hearing mainly from Ivy and Patriot League programs.
“I know not all colleges just let you step in and do what you want – I know you’ve got to earn that," Curfman said. "But [I'm looking for] some place where I can earn the freedom to play like I usually do. ‘Cause I know some colleges may not run a system like this where you just have the ball all the time – and I’m not like that, but just the freedom to move around, cut and kind of play my game.”
Curfman will be back in action with The District Basketball Club 17U in the coming weeks, and said he's enjoying his first year with the organization.
“It’s great," he said. "We definitely have a very solid team. I get lots of looks on that team because we have a lot of talent, and we play great defense.”