Kuran Iverson, a five-star small forward recruit, is a cousin of former Georgetown and NBA star Allen Iverson. But Kuran has been making a name for himself in Connecticut high school games, earning him the 12th overall ranking in the class of 2013.
Iverson is a native of Windsor, CT, just outside of Hartford, where has starred for Northwest Catholic High School. He led his team to Connecticut’s state title game as a sophomore but fell short.
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Iverson is an above-the-rim slasher, in contrast to the size and position of his famous cousin.
But Kuran is linked only in name to the six-foot Iverson, a former NBA MVP and scoring champion who played most of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers. He has never even spoken to AI.
“Eddie Iverson, my father, is Allen’s uncle, and he has talked some with Allen, but I haven’t,” Iverson told the Hartford Courant. “If people ask me, I just tell him I’m his first cousin. But I don’t get caught up in the name thing. I just want to be me. And I just want to become a better player.”
Kuran already has had a good start. According to ESPN, he has “as much long-term potential as any player in the class of 2013.”
So, what makes him a special talent?
ESPN declares that he is the complete package offensively. Consider this praise on Kuran’s recruiting profile:
“(Iverson can) shoot the three, make mid-range pull-ups, score with a jump hook on the low post, handle and pass against pressure, and create for himself and others. Physically, he has great agility for his size, a pretty strong and developing frame, and solid athleticism.”
Maybe, he can drive the team bus after the games too.
He does have drawbacks, according to ESPN, including a penchant for being lackadaisical and not making his impact felt despite his talent. Pretty typical complaints about a high school player that is so much more physically gifted than those around him. oh, and he’s still got two more years of high school to dominant more consistently.
Kuran is already drawing rave reviews from opposing coaches on the other end of his huge performances.
“He’s a dynamic player with a terrific skill set,” Farmington (CT) coach Duane Witter told the Hartford Courant last year. “Kuran can put a triple-double on any team, any night.” The comment came after Iverson scored 22 points in a 64-54 win over Witter’s team in 2010.
Kuran had 20 points – including two threes – 10 rebounds and two blocks that season in a 68-66 loss to Middletown (CT), whose coach, Dave Sytulek, predicted success for Iverson in the years to come.
“I think he has the potential and all the tools to be a big-time Division I college prospect by the time he graduates, if he continues to progress,” Sytulek told the Courant. “I was impressed by his outside shooting ability and his ball-handling skills for a player of his height and age.”
Sytulek even compared him to Marcus Camby, a Hartford product who starred at UMass and still plays in the NBA for the Portland Trail Blazers.
However, before we compare Iverson to NBA stars and anoint him the next great thing, he must continue his success at the next level – college basketball.
Citing a Twitter post from The Recruit Scoop, SB Nation’s Casual Hoya blog wrote last year that Iverson’s dream school is Georgetown, where his cousin Allen played for two seasons before being taken first overall in the 1996 draft.
Around the same time, Cutting Down the Nets said that Iverson is considering Florida State, North Carolina, USC and, of course, hometown Connecticut. But it listed Kentucky as Iverson’s dream school.
It’s clear that there’s a lot of time for Iverson’s recruiting to play out. He will have his choice of schools presumably without the legal woes his cousin had entering Georgetown.
And as if you need more proof of his awesome ability, check this out: On January 29, 2010, he dunked the ball so hard in a game against Hall High School that he bent the rim, forcing the game to be completed in an auxiliary gym, according to the Courant.
“Rims are designed to spring back after a dunk,” Kuran’s coach, John Mirabello, told the newspaper. “I never saw that in my 30 years in the game.”
Try that, AI.