Sean Curran of Honesdale recently put the finishing touches on a solid freshman basketball season at Alfred University in New York. Curran saw significant action for the Saxons in Empire Eight action. He played in 24 games and finished as one of the league's top 3-point shooters.


Former Honesdale High School star Sean Curran recently closed out his first season of collegiate hoops action at Alfred University.

The Saxons posted a respectable 11-14 overall record, but struggled to a 4-12 mark in the rugged Em-pire Eight Conference.

Alfred closed out its 2009-’10 campaign last Sunday, suffering a 64-51 loss to Nazareth College.

“This is a very young team, so we played quite a few underclassmen this year” Coach Dale Wellman told TWI Sports. “Sean saw quite a bit of playing time this year and I’m very pleased with how he responded.”

Coach Wellman just completed his third year at Alfred and all signs are pointing to a long, successful tenure.

A graduate of The University of the South in Tennessee, Dale Wellman played four years of varsity hoops for the Division III Tigers. His teams made three trips to the NCAA Tournament.

When Coach Wellman came to Alfred three years ago, he inherited a roster with just nine returning athletes. So, when he began recruiting, his primary emphasis was on players who could come in and contribute immediately.

Sean Curran is one such ballplayer.

A deadeye perimeter marksman at Honesdale, Curran lost a big chunk of his senior season to a wrist injury.

However, Coach Ellman was so impressed with what he saw of Sean before the injury that he recruited him heavily. That decision paid big dividends both for the school and for Curran.

Sean saw extensive action as a freshman. He played in all but one of the Saxons’ 25 games and even earned a start.

“I definitely made the right choice coming here,” Sean said. “My freshman year has been a lot of fun. I think I fit in coach’s offense pretty well.”

Curran averaged just under 16 minutes per contest and scored at a rate of 5.8 ppg. He finished the Empire Eight season as the 14th best 3-point shooter, knocking down 20 treys at a rate of 35%.

“I’m expecting big things from Sean next season,” Coach Wellman said. “He needs to get a little bit bigger and stronger. But, Sean has a good work ethic and I’m confident he’ll do what he needs to do.”

Curran led the Saxons in scoring three times. His best game came  on January 12th against Elmira College.

On that particular night, Sean erupted for a game-high 20 points in a disappointing 75-71 loss to the Soaring Eagles.

He also tallied 15 points versus Hartwick and 12 against Fisher.

Curran converted free throws at a 58% clip (15-for-26) and also averaged one rebound and one assist per game.

“I think the Empire Eight is one of the toughest conferences in Division III,” Sean said. “The competition is really good. It’s been a great experience so far.”

Sean is the son of Mike & Jane Curran, Honesdale. He is pursuing studies in Political Science.