Mount Si’s Curtiss makes it official, to play for University of Portland men’s basketball team next season

Good Sunday morning. We have some news this morning, and it’s big news from Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball program.

Mount Si High School senior boys’ basketball player Hayden Curtiss dunks the basketball during a playoff game this season for the Wildcats. The program announced last night he has verbally committed¬† to the University of Portland, an NCAA Division I school. He was offered a scholarship by them several days ago. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

The Hayden Curtiss recruiting watch has come to a successful conclusion, with the program announcing late yesterday that the Wildcat senior post, instrumental in helping lift Mount Si back in early March to its second-ever state high school boys basketball title and first in over 40 years, had verbally committed to the University of Portland, the NCAA Division I school that, just several days ago, had offered Curtiss a scholarship, his first in the recruiting period.

Reaction on social media was swift, with teammates Tyler and Quin Patterson and coach Jason Griffith all offering Curtiss their congratulations, and Hayden’s mom Kristine also expressing joy at the decision.

Curtiss becomes the third of three MSHS seniors to receive a Division I scholarship out of this class, the first time in program history this has happened. Prior to the season, both Tyler Patterson and Jabe Mullins signed letters of intent to attend and play basketball at the Division I level, Patterson at Montana State and Mullins with Portland’s conference rival St. Mary’s of California.

It had been anticipated additional schools would make offers to Curtiss, and it was believed other schools were talking to him, but nothing materialized and Curtiss ends up with a tremendous opportunity ahead of him, playing at the Division I level when just months ago the idea of playing college hoops perhaps was non-existent for the Mount Si athlete, and also doing it – at least for this coming season – for a longtime NBA legend in Pilots coach Terry Porter. The potential amount of learning Curtiss could get working with this coach is immense, even if it is just for this year as Porter is in the final year of his contract and this past season his Portland team finished 9-23.

Good stuff for sure and we have further discussion of this shortly here at the SVSJ.

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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