Thursday, September 20, 2007

Vouyoukas commits to Davidson, and Seth Curry commits to Liberty profile: Alex Vouyoukas 6-9 Forward commits to Davidson

DAVIDSON --Davidson has a verbal commitment for one of its three available scholarships for the 2008-09 season, and might already have another spoken for on its roster.

But a player some expected to attend Davidson won't be heading to the Wildcats.

Seth Curry, the brother of Davidson star Stephen Curry, has verbally committed to Liberty. The younger Curry averaged 12 points last season at Charlotte Christian.

"He just really liked the coaching staff there and thought he could make an impact early," Charlotte Christian coach Shonn Brown said.

Curry also considered Virginia Tech, William and Mary and Davidson, but the Wildcats received another commitment Wednesday .

Davidson received a commitment from Alex Vouyoukas, a 6-foot-9 forward from Blair Academy (N.J.), which also produced former Duke star Luol Deng. Blair assistant coach Terrell Ivory played and graduated from Davidson in 2004.

Vouyoukas hasn't played in the United States yet. He played for a Greek club team last season.

"Alex is a Euro forward," Blair coach Joe Mantegna said. "He can pass and shoot and has good perimeter skills. He's a good fit for them."

Vouyoukas (pronounced Voo-YOU-kas) is the brother of former Saint Louis center Ian Vouyoukas. He said he also considered Illinois State, Fordham and Marist.

"I know the Davidson basketball program is on the rise," Vouyoukas said. "Coach McKillop is really well-respected throughout the U.S. They have a great academic reputation, too."

Davidson coach Bob McKillop can't comment on Vouyoukas because of NCAA rules.

McKillop said earlier this month the school also might use a scholarship on Ben Allison, who is with the Wildcats this season as a walk-on. Allison, a 6-foot-8 small forward, played on England's U20 team this summer.

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