Oregon could be described as a disappointment this past season. The Ducks did reach the NCAA Tournament, but that was the extent of the good news. The school responded by rewarding Ernie Kent with a raise and a contract extension through 2012-13. Andrew Skwara looks at that move and much more in...[details]
Personal: Lone returning senior on Irish roster this season ... with his development over the past three seasons, will rank as one of the top all-around frontline players in the BIG EAST Conference in 2007-08 ... a two-year starter with a great work ethic and one of the hardest working players during Mike Brey's tenure at Notre Dame ... combines a physical style of play with a high basketball IQ ... sets a good example for the younger players on the team with his intensity on the floor and in practices ... top returning scorer and rebounder who posted career-bests in both categories during his junior season ... active around the basket at both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor ... highly respected and well-liked by his teammates, he will set the tone and example for the Irish to follow.
JUNIOR SEASON (2006-07): Tri-captain of 2006-07 Irish squad along with teammates Russell Carter and Colin Falls ... played in 31 contests and earned starts in 30 of those outings ... averaged career-bests of 12.6 points (third best on team) and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds ... was the team leader with nine double-doubles ... grabbed 10-plus rebounds in 10 outings ... Missed Syracuse game after injuring right foot at the end of the Villanova game ... came off the bench in loss at South Florida and played just 19 minutes ... held scoreless in the contest and finished with just one rebound ... scored in double figures in 21 contests ... topped the 20-plus point mark on four occasions ... had an eight-game double-figure scoring streak during the season that was the longest of his career ... led the Irish in scoring on four occasions and in rebounding in 17 games ... recorded double-double in NCAA Tournament game vs. Winthrop as he finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds ... scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds versus Syracuse in BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal victory and finished with nine points and seven rebounds against Georgetown in semifinal loss ... was selected to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the second time in his career for the week of Dec. 4 after averaging 19.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and shooting 72.7 percent from the field (16-22) in wins over Lehigh, Winston-Salem St. and Maryland ... also named to the league Honor Roll for the week of Dec. 18 ... netted 20-plus points for the first time in his career as he finished with 25 points versus Lehigh ... finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season against Portland as he was 5-10 from the field and 11-12 from the free-throw line ... notched third 20-plus point effort of the season against Rider as he scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds ... finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in 30 minutes in win over South Florida ... scored 15 points and grabbed nine boards in loss at DePaul and in win at home over Providence ... in win over DePaul, scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished off three assists ... scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds against Rutgers ... also blocked three shots against the Friars in 33 minutes ... played 36 minutes in win over fourth-ranked Alabama and finished with third double-double of the season as he scored 14 points and matched career-best with 12 rebounds ... also dished off four assists in the game ... recorded second consecutive double-double and fourth of the season against Elon as he finished with 16 points and matched his career-high with 12 rebounds ... also dished off a career-best seven assists and blocked a season-high four shots ... was a perfect 5-5 from the field and 8-8 from the free-throw line in recording his second double-double of the season versus Winston-Salem St. as he finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds ... scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in win over Maryland ... registered third double-double of his career in season opener against IPFW as he scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 12 boards ... was 6-8 from the field and had a personal-best 12-13 from the free-throw line in addition to grabbing eight rebounds and making three steals in 36 minutes of action ... also had 16 points against Lafayette in addition to eight rebounds ... netted 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds versus The Citadel ... had eight-game double-figure scoring streak snapped against Rider as he finished with nine points and seven rebounds ... posted sixth double-double of the season against Stony Brook as he finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds ... connected on 11-14 shots from the free-throw line in the game ... scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds in BIG EAST opener versus Louisville ... netted eight points and hauled in 11 rebounds against West Virginia ... finished with 15 points and nine boards and blocked three shots in win over Seton Hall and tallied 11 points and six rebounds against Villanova ... scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds against St. John's ... scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win over Villanova ... scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds against Cincinnati ... made 30 consecutive free throws at one point during the season.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2005-06): Played in all 30 contests and was in the starting lineup in 12 of those games ... started first four games of the season against Lafayette, Hofstra, North Carolina State and Michigan ... also earned starts in five consecutive contests versus Syracuse, Providence, Marquette, Georgetown and Villanova ... started Notre Dame's first-round game against Georgetown in the BIG EAST Tournament and in both National Invitation Tournament games against Vanderbilt and Michigan ... averaged 6.4 points and 5.1 rebounds ... netted double figures in seven contests ... registered first career double-double in win over South Florida when he scored 10 points and grabbed a personal-best 11 boards ... followed that up with an 11-point performance against Seton Hall which marked the first time in his career that he scored in double figures in back-to-back contests ... in the game connected on a career-best nine free throws on 10 attempts ... posted second career double-double against Georgetown in first round of BIG EAST Championship as he scored 11 points and grabbed 11 boards ... started the season opener against the Leopards which marked his first career start and scored a career-high 18 points, hitting 8-10 shots from the field ... also in that game grabbed a career-high eight boards playing a then career-best 25 minutes ... for his performance was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the week of November 21, 2005 in win over Hofstra when he scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds ... netted third double-figure scoring outing of the season against Syracuse when he finished with 15 points and five rebounds ... played 20-plus minutes in 13 contests and 30-plus minutes in two games, including a personal-best 43 in double overtime loss to Georgetown ... in the loss to the Hoyas finished with 14 points on 6-11 shooting from the field and grabbed seven boards ... grabbed seven rebounds in win over Hofstra ... had six rebounds in back-to-back contests against Alabama and Florida International ... also scored six points in wins over Florida International and Columbia ... netted double figures for third time in his career against Fordham as he finished with 10 points and dished off a career-high three assists ... blocked a career-high five shots in addition to grabbing eight rebounds against Wofford ... in second meeting with Marquette played 20 minutes and finished with seven boards ... finished with four points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench in the second matchup against Providence ... netted five points and grabbed four rebounds in second meeting with DePaul ... scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds against Vanderbilt ... also netted nine points against Michigan in addition to grabbing five rebounds ... led the Irish in rebounding in four games ... grabbed seven-plus rebounds in 11 contests.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2004-05): Played in 14 games and averaged 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds off the bench ... registered career-bests of 11 points and seven rebounds in NIT first round game against Holy Cross as he played a personal best 19 minutes ... connected on 6-11 shots from the free-throw line ... played 10-plus minutes in two games (also against IPFW) ... saw action in each of Notre Dame's first three games ... played five minutes in the season opener against Harvard and registered a rebound and a blocked shot ... scored his first collegiate points against IPFW as he finished with two points and four rebounds in 12 minutes of action off the bench ... netted three points against Marist.
AWARDS AND HONORS: BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (weeks of Nov. 21, 2005, Dec. 4, 2006 and Dec. 18, 2006) ... Best Defensive Player Award (2006) ... Best Rebounder Award (2007). HIGH SCHOOL: Transferred to Penn Charter following two years at Germantown Academy ... played three years at Penn Charter but was unable to compete in league play during the 2001-02 campaign ... averaged 18.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots during his final scholastic campaign ... scored more than 1,200 points during his career and finished with career averages of 17.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots ... earned first-team all-Inter-AC league honors after leading his Penn Charter team to back-to-back conference titles in 2002-03 and 2003-04 and combining for a 24-0 mark in those two seasons in league play ... a first-team all-state selection in class A ... a two-time all-city honoree ... captained team during senior season ... averaged 18.0 points, 12.0 rebounds in leading team to 26-4 record in 2002-03 ... in his first season at Penn Charter, averaged 19.0 points ... attended Nike All-America camp each of the past two summers ('02-'03) ... played on same team as point guard Sean Singletary (a senior at the University of Virginia) ... participated in both the Pittsburgh Hoops Classic and adidas/EA Sports All-Star Game in Knoxville, Tenn. ... his high school coach was Jim Phillips ... played for AAU teams New Jersey All-Stars and Philly MJC ... led Philly MJC team to title at adidas Three Stripes in the summer of 2003.
PERSONAL: Full name is Robert Karl Kurz ... oldest of three children ... his sister Laura graduated from Germantown Academy in the spring of 2004 and is a member of the Villanova University women's basketball team ... mother Carol (the former Carol Way) played basketball at Lafayette ...son of Rob and Carol Kurz ... born 3-5-85 in Philadelphia, Pa ... enrolled as a management consulting major in the Mendoza College of Business.