WARNER ROBINS – Nate Curtis has been playing the game of basketball since he was four years old, and now, 14 years later, he has emerged into one of the best in Central Georgia.
His coach, Jamal Garman explains, “Nate is an outstanding leader. He’s really blossomed to be one of our lead guys. He plays really hard on offense and defense and very vocal on both ends of the floor, so he helps us out a lot. “
“It helps relieve my anger,” says Curtis. “I can have a bad day at school, go to practice, and forget about ’til I get home. It’s a stress reliever, actually. “
On the court, Nate relieves his stress to the tune of 15 points a game and about 7 rebounds, but attributes the team’s success to one word — family. “We all love each other on and off the court.” says Curtis. “Off the court we have a group message and we text each other before every game to have a good game, and we love ’em.”
Nate also says that the motivation for him and his teammates is to make a start a tradition for the round ball like football has made a name for itself in Demon Country.
“With us having a good season last year, it’s like little old Warner Robins to a championship, and nobody expected that,” says Curtis. “So we came together as a family again and just trying to put us on the map for basketball now.”
And for the senior forward, grades are equally important as basketball.
“Grades are everything right now because, like my dad told me, grades get you into school and grades come first, and without them, you can’t go anywhere,” echoes Curtis, who sports a 3.2 GPA.
Garmon agrees, “I really do appreciate the guys and parents that stay on them to do their school work. It makes my job easier to just be their coach. So it’s a great thing to have those guys who take care of their business in the classroom as well.”
And Nate is ready to help bring his team back to the championship game.
Nate and his teammates host Apalachee Saturday at 6pm in the Sweet Sixteen in Warner Robins.