BLOOMINGTON — Miles Curry’s comfort level appears to be rapidly closing ground on his talent level.
Curry scored a career-high 10 points and matched a career best with seven rebounds in Illinois Wesleyan’s 90-68 season-opening victory over Fontbonne on Wednesday.
IWU continues a rapid-fire opening week at Shirk Center with a 7 p.m. game against Alma College on Friday and a 4 p.m. Saturday matchup with Calvin College in the Illinois-Michigan Challenge.
A sophomore, Curry showed flashes of brilliance last season while averaging 2.4 points and seeing action in 19 games.
“Last year I had a lot of nerves playing varsity. I was trying to figure out everything, knowing all the principles of the offense and defense,” Curry said. “This year I’m a lot more comfortable.”
The 6-foot-6 Curry recorded two of his baskets on dunks in transition.
“When Miles is active and lets his athleticism loose, he can be a difference maker for us,” said Wesleyan coach Ron Rose.
Rose used 12 players for at least seven minutes against Fontbonne. Nine scored at least six points.
The point guard combination of junior Nick Coleman and freshman Grant Wolfe was a success. Coleman scored eight points, while Wolfe contributed six points and six assists.
“Grant is a terrific passer,” Rose said. “He can really provide this team with someone who can break a defender down, get into the paint and create offense for other people. He really has good court vision.”
Alma’s top returning players from a 12-14 team of a season ago are 6-5 sophomore Preston Laketa (12.2 points), 6-3 sophomore Steven Harvey (9.4) and 6-2 sophomore Ryan Stevens (9.0).
The Scots, however, regain the services of three players who missed last season with injuries in 6-7 Doug Bradfield, 6-8 Kevin Gamble and 6-3 Rob Holmes.
Bradfield is the school’s career record holder in blocked shots and averaged 9.5 points while starting every game for a team that advanced to the Division III Elite Eight in 2016. Gamble is the son of the former NBA player of the same name.
“They shoot a lot of threes and are very skilled,” Rose said. “They are an offensive minded team that can score a lot of points on you.”
Calvin plays at Augustana on Friday with Alma heading to Rock Island on Saturday to meet the Vikings. IWU and Augustana will travel to Michigan to face Alma and Calvin early next season.