An Avalon School baseball player signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to attend and play baseball for Coker College.
Kristan Curry, Jr., a senior who his teammates call KJ, signed the document during a school assembly in front of teammates, friends, coaches and family.
Curry decided to spend the next four years at the Hartsville, South Carolina, school after visiting and meeting the coaches over the summer.
“KJ is extremely athletic and he is coming to Coker from very successful baseball programs. His velocity sits in the mid 80’s and runs a 6.7 (60) that will allow us to plug him into multiple positions,” Coker coach Luke Harrigan said in a school press release.
Curry gave the school a verbal commitment in August, but was not allowed to sign until the beginning of the NCAA early signing period.
“It was definitely a blessing when coach gave me the call to offer me and I knew from there that I could call it home,” the third-year shortstop said.
Coker is an NCAA Division II school with one of the best baseball programs in the South Atlantic Conference. They finished 2016 with a record of 28-20.
“What I’m trying to bring to the program is just more intensity, heart and determination to be the best instead of just one of the best.”
Curry came to Avalon for his sophomore year, after leaving Riverdale Baptist. He immediately made an impact for the Black Knights hitting .353 in his first year and earned All-OLBC First Team honors.
He repeated as an All-OLBC First Team selection again in 2016, as he helped lead Avalon to the Maryland Private School State Semifinals.
Both Prep Baseball Report and Dynamic Baseball listed Curry as the #4 shortstop prospect in the state of Maryland.
“He’s a gifted athlete, but an even better person,” said Avalon coach Patrick Duffy. “He’ll be successful at whatever he does in life simply because he cares about what he’s doing, and wants to lead the people around him.”