THIS SEASON: Nick Curtis, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound senior forward in 2005, is a strong rebounder and athletic presence who will look to regain the form he had as a sophomore when he shared team-high rebounding honors. Nagged by foot and knee injuries throughout his career, Curtis can be a major contributor if he can remain healthy.
2003-2004: Averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game, starting three of 22 games as a 2003 junior ... Bothered again by injuries for much of the season, Curtis missed six non-conference games in December with tendonitis in his left knee ... Scored a season-high 10 points at No. 2 Stanford ... He matched it with 10 points and seven rebounds in a season-high 30 minutes in his first start of the year at UCLA ... Also had seven boards at St. Mary's and six against Cal State Fullerton ... In an eventual win, he sent the game into overtime at Arizona State with a put-back layup with 22 seconds left, his only basket of the game ... Albeit in limited action, he was the only Trojan besides Jeff McMillan to shoot above 50.0% (24-of-47, 51.1%) ... He attended the Pete Newell Big Man Camp in August before the season for the first time with teammate Rory O`Neil.
2002-2003: Averaged 6.6 points and 5.3 rebounds (tied for team high) in 21.0 minutes, starting 15 of 29 games ... Had three double-doubles on the season, including a 17-point, 15-rebound (career-high) effort at Washington ... One game later, he scored 11 points and had 11 rebounds at UCLA ... His other double-double was a 13-point, 11-rebound night against Morris Brown ... Posted career highs in points (21), field goals (eight) and blocks (four) to go with eight rebounds against La Salle ... Scored then-career-best 14 points at Rhode Island to go with seven boards, playing all 45 minutes of the overtime affair ... Scored 12 points and had eight rebounds against UC Riverside and had a team-high 15 points against Penn ... Averaged more than nine points and seven rebounds per game for more than half of the season before tendonitis in his feet slowed him down the stretch.
2001-2002: As a 2002 freshman, started four of 22 games, averaging 1.0 point and 0.8 rebounds in 5.2 minutes per game ... Went 9-of-23 from the field and had three blocks ... Had a season-high six points in 11 minutes in the season opener vs. Wyoming ... Had five points and had season bests of 18 minutes and five rebounds against Rhode Island ... At Bradley, came off the bench to grab four rebounds in eight minutes ... Had three boards in the regular-season finale against Oregon State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned 2001 Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Division I-AAA first team and Los Angeles Times All-Ventura and All-Pacific View League MVP honors while leading Oxnard (Calif.) to a 25-4 record as a senior in 2001 ... He is Oxnard's career record holder for points (1,215), rebounds (1,003) and blocks (244).
A three-year starter, averaged 19.9 points, 14.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game as a senior ... He shot 68.0% from the field and 79.0% from the free throw line.
As a junior, earned 2000 Los Angeles Times All-Ventura County and All-Pacific View League first team honors after averaging 14.4 points and 14.1 rebounds per game ... The Yellowjackets went 24-0 in league games in Curtis' three years.
SIDELIGHTS: Curtis was born on Nov. 23, 1983 ... He is a public policy and development major and is on schedule to graduate this spring ... His sister, Danielle, played basketball at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
CURTIS ON: His game: "I really don't care that nobody knows anything about me. I just go out there and try to grab every rebound. I don't have to score and I don't need the attention."
OTHERS ON NICK CURTIS: (Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News, on Curtis' play at the Pete Newell Big Man Camp in 2003): "On drills that required extended movement - such as driving toward pull-up jumpers - Curtis was the most impressive player in camp. He is extremely athletic."
(Pete Newell): "I like his style, the way he keeps low. He has good quickness because of it. He`s creative offensively."