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Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry cropped.jpg
Golden State Warriors  – No. 30
Shooting guard/point guard
Born March 14, 1988 (1988-03-14) (age 22)
Akron, Ohio, USA
Nationality United States
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Salary $2,710,560
High school Charlotte Christian School (Charlotte, NC)
College Davidson College
Draft 7th overall, 2009
Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2009–present
Awards 2007 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year
2007 Southern Conference Tournament MVP
2007 Southern Conference All-tournament Team
2007 Southern Conference All-freshman team
2007, 2008, 2009 first team All-SoCon
2007 All-SoCon
Sports Illustrated's All-Mid-Major honorable mention
2008 NCAA Midwest Regional MOP
2008 Southern Conference Tournament MVP
2008 Southern Conference All-Tournament Team
2008, 2009 Southern Conference POY
2008, 2009 Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year
2008 consensus second team All-American
2009 consensus first team All-American
2008, 2009 Wooden Award All-American
2008, 2009 Wooden Award finalist

Wardell Stephen Curry II (pronounced /ˈstɛfɨn/) (born March 14, 1988 in Akron, Ohio) is an American basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association as shooting guard and point guard. He is listed as 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and 185 lb (84 kg) and has size 14 (US) feet.[1]

He played college basketball for the Wildcats of Davidson College from 2006 to 2009. In 2008-09, he led the nation in scoring with 28.6 points per game and was a consensus first-team All-America selection by The Sporting News, Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).[2] Curry was twice named Southern Conference Player of the Year and to the John R. Wooden Award All-American team, set the all-time scoring record for Davidson and the Southern Conference, set school career records for three-pointers, free throws, 30-point games and 40-point games, set a single season NCAA record for three-pointers, and led Davidson to two straight NCAA tournament appearances.[2]

Curry is the son of former NBA player Dell Curry and former volleyball standout Sonya Curry. On April 23, 2009, Curry announced that he would leave Davidson after his junior year to enter the 2009 NBA Draft[3], and on June 25, 2009, he was selected 7th overall by the Golden State Warriors.[4]

Contents

Biography

High school career

Curry attended Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the school's all-time leading scorer with over 1,700 points.[5]

At Charlotte Christian School, Curry was named all-state, all-conference, and team MVP while he led his team to three conference titles and three state playoff appearances. He attended Middle School at Queensway Christian College in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, leading his team to an undefeated season.[6] He finished his senior season by shooting over 48% from three-point range. Despite the success Curry had in high school, the then 6-foot, 160-pound senior did not receive any scholarship offers from major-conference schools. Most ACC schools thought Curry couldn't handle the physical nature of ACC basketball, so they passed on him. Since Curry's father played for Virginia Tech and is in their Hall of Fame, Curry wanted to play for the Hokies, but the Hokies only offered him a place as a walk-on player[7] After receiving offers from Davidson College, Virginia Commonwealth, and Winthrop[8], Curry chose Davidson College, a school that had not won an NCAA Tournament game since 1969.

Collegiate career

Freshman season

Before Stephen Curry even played a college game, head coach Bob McKillop said at a Davidson Alumni event, "Wait till you see Steph Curry. He is something special."[9] In his second ever collegiate game against the University of Michigan, Curry scored 32 points, dished out 4 assists, and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Curry led the Southern Conference in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game and was second in the nation among freshmen in scoring, to Texas' Kevin Durant, who ended up being the 2nd pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Curry's scoring ability helped the Wildcats to a 29-5 overall record and a Southern Conference regular season title.

On March 2, 2007, in the Southern Conference semi-finals, facing Furman University, Curry set the NCAA freshman season record for 3-point field goals with 113, topping the previous season record of 109 set by Keydren Clark of St. Peter's.[10]

Curry eclipsed the school freshman scoring record with his 502nd point against University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on February 6, 2007.[11] On March 15, 2007, Davidson marched into the NCAA Tournament as a 13 seed set to play the University of Maryland. Even though Davidson lost 82-70, Curry was the leading scorer with 30 points[12] and received a standing ovation when he fouled out.[citation needed]

Curry ended his freshman season with 730 total points, including 122 3-point field goals.

After the season ended, Curry was selected for the USA team that appeared at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia. Despite playing only 18 minutes per game, Curry averaged 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while shooting 45% from the floor.

Curry was selected as Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, Tournament MVP, All-tournament team, All-freshman team, and first team All-SoCon. He was also named an honorable mention in Sports Illustrated's All-Mid-Major.

Sophomore season

Coming off of a stellar freshman season, Curry was eager to impress again. In this season, Davidson would play a tough non-conference schedule including North Carolina, Duke, NC State, and UCLA. Despite being lightly regarded, these games against top-ranked opponents were very close, but unfortunately for Curry and the Wildcats, all losses. Curry shined in each game, though, scoring 24 against UNC,[13] 20 against Duke,[14] 29 against NC State,[15] and 15 against UCLA.[16] On February 13, 2008, Curry's 41 point game against UNC-Greensboro helped Davidson come back from a 20-point first half deficit to win.[17]

Curry once again led the Southern Conference in scoring, averaging 25.5 points per game and ended up fifth in Division I in scoring, while adding 4.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game. His scoring and leadership abilities led the Wildcats to a 26–6 regular season record, and a 20–0 conference record. As a result, Davidson earned their third straight NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Tournament bid in 2008, as a 10 seed.

On March 21, 2008, Davidson matched up with seventh seeded Gonzaga. Despite Gonzaga being ahead by as many as 11 points early in the second half of this game, Curry scored 30 points in that half[18] to push Davidson to their first NCAA Tournament win since 1969, 82–76. Curry ended up with 40 points, going 8-for-10 from 3-point range.[19] On March 23, Davidson played second seeded Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Georgetown entered the game as a heavy favorite after an appearance in the Final Four in 2007 and holding a number eight national ranking. Curry was held to only five points in the first half of the game, and his team trailed by 17 points at that point. However, Curry scored 25 points in the second half to push Davidson to a stunning 74–70 win.[18]

Curry at the NCAA tournament.

On March 28, 2008, Curry led Davidson to another upset against third seeded Wisconsin. With NBA superstar LeBron James in attendance[20], Curry scored 33 points over his defender Michael Flowers, who was considered one of the best in the nation. Davidson easily won 73–56, advancing the school to the Elite 8 for the first time since 1969.[21] In this game, Curry joined Clyde Lovellette of Kansas, Jerry Chambers of Utah and Glenn Robinson of Purdue as the only players to go over 30 in their first four career NCAA tournament games.[21] Curry also tied the single-season record for most three-pointers made in one season set by Darrin Fitzgerald of Butler in 1986-87 with 158.[20][22] He set the record in the next game against the Kansas Jayhawks with his 159th three-pointer of the season. Despite Curry's 25 points, Davidson fell to the top-seeded and eventual national champion Jayhawks 59-57 on March 30, 2008.[23]

Curry was named to the Associated Press' All-America Second Team on March 31, 2008.[24] He was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Region of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Tournament, becoming the first player from a team not making the Final Four to do so since Juwan Howard of Michigan in 1994.[25]

Curry was nominated for an ESPY in the Breakthrough Player of the Year category.[26]

Junior season

After Davidson's loss in the NCAA Regional Finals against Kansas, Curry announced that he would return for his junior year.[20] Curry said he wants to develop as a point guard and be able to create his own shot to get ready for the NBA. On November 18, Curry scored a career-high 44 points in Davidson's 82-78 loss to Oklahoma.[27] He extended a career-long streak by scoring at least 25 points for the seventh straight game.[27] On November 21, Curry registered a career-high 13 assists, to go along with 30 points, in Davidson's 97-70 win over Winthrop.[28] He was held scoreless in a 78-48 win over Loyola on November 25. Loyola double-teamed[29] Curry constantly in a historic game in his career — it was the first ever time he failed to score[29] and only his second collegiate game without double digits.[30] Eleven days later, in Davidson's next game, Curry matched his career-high of 44 in a 72-67 win over North Carolina State.[29] Scoring Davidson's final 10 points, he helped his team clinch the game in the last moments with a three-point shot from 30 feet, and two clinching free throws with 4.1 seconds remaining.[29] He also had a team-high 3 steals.[29] On December 20, Curry went cold in the John Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis. Going 5-for-26 field goals, including hitting only 2-of-12 threes, he finished with only 13 points against Purdue and its defense (led by Chris Kramer), resulting in the Wildcats' second loss of the season, a score of 76-58.[31]

On January 3, 2009, Curry surpassed the 2000-point mark for his career as he scored 21 points against Samford. He accomplished this feat in just his 83rd career game.[32]

On January 7, 2009, Curry scored 29 points in a loss to Duke and became the second leading scorer in Davidson's history.

On January 28, 2009, Curry made a 75-foot shot as time expired in the first half of a 92-70 win against Chattanooga. [33]

On February 14, 2009, Curry rolled his ankle in the second half of a win over Furman University. The injury caused Curry to miss the February 18 game against The Citadel. It was the first game Curry missed in his college career. [34]

Curry became Davidson's all time leading scorer on February 28, 2009, surpassing previous record holder John Gerdy. Stephen Curry scored 34 points in a 99-56 win against Georgia Southern, giving Curry 2,488 points for his career.[35]

Although Curry opted out of his senior year at Davidson, he still wanted to earn a degree and took online summer classes.

College statistics

Regular Season Averages
Season Team G PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% MIN TO
2006–07 Davidson Wildcats 34 21.5 4.6 2.8 1.8 0.2 .463 .408 .855 30.9 2.8
2007–08 Davidson Wildcats 36 25.9 4.6 2.9 2.1 0.4 .483 .439 .894 33.1 2.6
2008–09 Davidson Wildcats 34 28.6 4.4 5.6 2.5 0.2 .454 .387 .876 33.7 3.7
Totals 114 25.3 4.5 3.7 2.1 0.3 .467 .412 .876 32.6 3.0

Professional career

Curry taking instructions from Warriors assistant coach Keith Smart.

In the 2009 NBA Draft in June 2009, the Golden State Warriors selected Curry in the first round with the seventh overall pick. He signed a four-year, $12.7 million contract in July 2009.[36] Curry made his NBA regular season debut on October 28, 2009 in the Warriors' 2009-10 season opener against the Houston Rockets. Curry started the game and finished with 14 points, seven assists, four steals and two turnovers in 36 minutes of play.[37]

Personal

Curry appeared in a Burger King commercial with his father, Dell, at a very young age.[38] His younger brother, Seth Curry, played at Liberty University before transferring to Duke University.[39] He was a graduate and stand out star at Charlotte Christian School. Davidson and Liberty once attempted to schedule a game to pit the two brothers against one another, but could not agree on a date for the matchup.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ ESPN - Stephen Curry Stats, News, Photos - Davidson Wildcats. - ESPN.
  2. ^ a b "DRAFT 2009 Prospects - Stephen Curry". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/draft2009/prospects/125.html. 
  3. ^ http://www.davidsonwildcats.com/news/2009/4/23/MBB_0423093018.aspx?path=mbball
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Davidson College. http://www.davidsonwildcats.com/roster.asp?playerid=46&sport=3 "Stephen Curry, Davidson Athletics, 2008.
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Posnanski, Joe. http://www.kansascity.com/sports/story/551547.html" Accessed March 29, 2008.
  8. ^ Rawlings, Lenox. http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ/MGArticle/WSJ_ColumnistArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1173355054175" Accessed March 29, 2008
  9. ^ Garcia, Marlen. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/midwest/2008-03-20-davidson-duo_N.htm "Accessed March 23, 2008.
  10. ^ And Then There Were Two: Championship Set for Saturday - SoConSports.com—Official Web Site of The Southern Conference
  11. ^ http://davidsonbasketball.blogspot.com/2007_02_01_archive.html
  12. ^ No. 4 seed Maryland survives against upstart Davidson
  13. ^ Top-ranked Tar Heels survive scare from Davidson
  14. ^ No. 7 Duke wins 21st straight over Davidson behind Paulus, Henderson
  15. ^ N.C. State 66, Davidson 65
  16. ^ Mbah a Moute's 21 points lead Bruins' rally vs. Davidson
  17. ^ Davidson 83, UNC-Greensboro 78
  18. ^ a b No. 10 seed Davidson clinches Sweet 16 berth after upset of Hoyas
  19. ^ Curry's reliable stroke good for 40 as Davidson advances to second round
  20. ^ a b c Sophomore sensation Curry returning to Davidson
  21. ^ a b Curry's sweet touch continues as Davidson eludes Wisconsin
  22. ^ Curry shrugs off the glory in Davidson's Elite run
  23. ^ Goliath slays Davidson, Curry as Kansas holds on
  24. ^ ESPN - For first time in six decades, no seniors on AP All-America team - Men's College Basketball
  25. ^ Stephen Curry: First Most Outstanding Player From Losing Team Since Juwan Howard - FanHouse - AOL Sports Blog
  26. ^ Davidson College Athletics - Stephen Curry Named Top 30 Candidate for Naismith Trophy
  27. ^ a b Curry's career-high 44 points not enough as Griffin-led Oklahoma tops Davidson
  28. ^ Curry, Lovedale have double-doubles as No. 21 Davidson routs Winthrop
  29. ^ a b c d e With King James looking on, Curry pours in 44 for Davidson
  30. ^ Curry held scoreless on just three shots, but Davidson still blows out Loyola
  31. ^ Purdue limits Curry to 13 in romp of Davidson
  32. ^ Davidson 76, Samford 55
  33. ^ [3]
  34. ^ [4]
  35. ^ Curry sets mark, Davidson routs Ga Southern 99-56
  36. ^ Simmons, Rusty (July 8, 2009). "Curry signs deal". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/08/SP4F18LAC0.DTL. 
  37. ^ Osler, Scott (October 28, 2009). "Curry's debut is solid, but not off the charts". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/28/SPQS1AC7IH.DTL. 
  38. ^ Wertz Jr., Langston. "Stephen Curry a chip off the old shot: Ex-Hornets star's son now a complete player.", The Charlotte Observer, December 31, 2005. Accessed November 7, 2007. "A funny thing happened to Charlotte Christian guard Stephen Curry over the summer."
  39. ^ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jhFZtqXEz1zfAA8eOQimToLStDkgD9782CHO0

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