By Nick Underhill | The Advocate
Keith Kirkwood was going to be the next Stephen Curry.
A high school basketball star, Kirkwood had multiple scholarship offers and intended to go to Davidson where planned to become the next 6-foot-3 guard to lead the school to the big stage.
College hoops. NBA. Stardom. The dream was reasonable. He starred on an AAU team alongside Karl-Anthony Towns, DeAndre' Bembry, Wade Baldwin and Malachi Richardson, all of whom now play in the NBA.
After leading his high school to a New Jersey state title game as a junior by averaging 14 points per game, Kirkwood had plenty of opportunities. Scholarships started coming in. Ivy League schools were interested in the National Honor Society member. So, instead of letting his dreams come into focus, he decided to try something new.
“I didn’t want to leave senior year saying I didn’t play football,” Kirkwood said. “It was something I wanted to just do for fun.” ...
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