Mount Si’s Curtiss gets rewarded for hard work – his first Division I college scholarship offer…plus an update on Colby Ramsey’s college search

Mount Si High School senior boys’ basketball player Hayden Curtiss (in midair), with teammates looking on, dunks the basketball during a playoff game this season for the Wildcats. Curtiss announced last night he had been offered a college scholarship by the University of Portland, an NCAA Division I school. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Good Wednesday morning.

We have more news on the college recruiting front to tell you about, and it’s tremendous news from Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball program, as one player’s hard work appears to have paid off.

The program announced last night via their Twitter feed that senior post Hayden Curtiss had landed a college scholarship offer. This one was offered by NCAA Division I University of Portland, making this the first Division I offer Curtiss has received.

Portland, nicknamed the Pilots, should be very familiar with MSHS boys basketball fans. 2010 Wildcat alum Tanner Riley played for four years with UoP, averaging just over four points per contest in a reserve role with the Pilots under then-head coach Eric Reveno; Mount Si fans who followed Riley’s progress with Portland may remember an incident involving him during a 2013 game in which he was ejected after an on-court altercation and had a brief, but heated, exchange with Reveno on the way to the locker room, an incident that was caught on national TV.

Current head coach Terry Porter replaced Reveno after the former coach was let go in 2016 and this past season led the Pilots to a 9-23 record with only one win in the West Coast Conference. Porter is a basketball legend in Portland, though, having played for many years as one of the top players on the successful Trail Blazer teams of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, and is himself a former NBA head coach with Milwaukee and Phoenix, so if Curtiss commits there, there’s a good chance that with continued hard work and a willingness to learn and adapt his game, Curtiss could find himself in a position to land a pro opportunity following college.

As we have discussed in our coverage of Mount Si football player Andrew Edson’s recruitment, colleges are able to make offers of this type right now despite restrictions on recruiting imposed by the NCAA in the wake of the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation. These restrictions will prevent Curtiss and his family from making an official visit to the school for a bit yet. It is anticipated also that more schools could make offers, as some programs have basketball scholarships that have become available due to players officially declaring their intention to transfer to another college. For example, Montana State, where Curtiss’ Wildcat senior teammate Tyler Patterson has signed to play for next season, has in the past several days had three players announce their intentions to transfer, and they are a school which reportedly has had conversations with Mount Si about Curtiss.

If the Bobcats or other schools make offers to Curtiss, we’ll be sure to let you know. That said, this offer for it being the first we think has a lot of good advantages for the Wildcat player despite the win-loss record and we’ll keep you posted on what he decides to do.

Update on Colby Ramsey’s recruiting process
We mentioned yesterday the news that Mount Si football kicker Colby Ramsey had been invited to a senior high-school all-star game this coming winter called the Tiki Bowl in Hawaii and were intending to follow up with him on his college recruiting.

Ramsey got back to us last night and informed us he is being recruited for both football and soccer by colleges – he, as you know, will be the starting goalkeeper for Mount Si’s boys’ soccer team this spring if the season is allowed to resume at the end of April following the current six-week state mandated COVID-19 social distancing school closures. Soccer is where he is receiving the most interest at the moment, with a number of Division I and II schools ranging from Oregon State on down to Colorado Mines having expressed interest. Ramsey also told us he is now talking to schools for football – with Concordia of Minnesota, a program that has a strong connection as you know to Mount Si with three graduates having played for them in recent seasons, among those expressing interest there.

About the opportunity to play in the all-star game, Ramsey was non-committal. “The Hawaii Tiki Bowl sounds like a great experience. I’m not sure if I will do it, but it would be a great time,” he told us via Twitter.

As with his teammate Edson and as discussed above with Curtiss, the current NCAA recruiting restrictions will prevent Ramsey from making official in-person visits to schools for some time; the only contact he will be able to have with schools is via phone or Internet-based means.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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