Q-and-A with Curtis Harrington, Plainfield Central basketball
March 5, 2013 7:44PM
Curtis Harrington, of Plainfield Central. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: April 7, 2013 6:29AM
Harrington ended his high school career as the Wildcats’ top scorer with 18 points in a 65-50 loss to Minooka in a Class 4A Thornwood Regional quarterfinal. Harrington also finished as the school’s second-leading assist maker, averaging 4.1 per game and compiling 283 over a three-year varsity career.
Is there a lot of pressure on a point guard to make plays happen?
Yes, because you start off with the ball, you have to get your offense set up and make sure everybody is in the right spots and make sure your team is communicating at the right times.
What’s more important: a point guard or quarterback?
I guess it depends on the situation. To me, a point guard is more important, but a quarterback has control on the tempo of the game.
Do you play any other sports?
I was thinking about going out for track my freshman year but I didn’t do it.
What’s the best part about playing this sport?
I think the competition. And everyone has something to show.
When you got called up to varsity as a sophomore, how much did that change you?
I realized that I have to play better. Because you’re around seniors and upperclassmen, you can’t have all the control and you have to listen and learn from them.
What was the most important thing you learned from those guys?
Keep playing through stuff, even if things don’t go your way. Your shot might be off but you can always do something else, like play better on defense. You can always contribute.
Do you see yourself as a mentor to the younger guys?
Yes, taking the lead and making sure everyone is doing what they have to do.
As told to Tina Akouris