You can watch highlights from Curry during Davidson's 2008 NCAA Tournament run below: Here are some of the awards Curry won in college: Here are records that Curry set in college and where he ranks on all-time statistical lists: Former Davidson coach Bob McKillop on Curry as a freshman: "Most people don't see the game this early. @davidgardner on why we're all sad ️ That's not to say Curry couldn't potentially have become who he is today without Davidson, but McKillop and the Wildcats maximized his potential. ", Curry on playing his father, Dell, in H-O-R-S-E in the summer of 2006, having never beaten him: "He went behind the car, about 30 feet away and it was nothing but net. "I really believe if you look at his career in four years, you'll be able to say he would've been able to play at a higher collegiate level," Telep said. Davidson Basketball Canceling the Big Dance Was the Right Call For the first time since 1939, there will be no college basketball tournaments. Are you a Stathead, too? Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. He averaged 21.5 points per game as a freshman, then 25.9 as a sophomore and 28.6 as a junior. A story published in The Charlotte Observer from December 2006, Curry's freshman season at Davidson, quoted Dell Curry calling his son Steph, except the paper spelled it "Stef." Curry was in more control. The Wildcats won 29 games during Curry's freshman and sophomore seasons, and they never lost more than eight games in a season with him on campus. He was the best player on that court by far. See our database of forfeits and vacated games. Do you have a sports website? ", Davidson teammate Bryant Barr on a time when he a Curry stopped at a restaurant: "At least 10 people came up to the table for his autograph. ", Curry on his approach: "I approach every game the same way. Let's reassess, because there is nothing mid-major about Curry's game. In fact, many viewed him through the lens of his father when he was in college, too. Shuffle the box scores from Curry's games in college, pick one out randomly, watch the replay and you'll likely be impressed. Next year, they'll probably win their league and beat somebody here. Prior to the 2007 NCAA Tournament, The Baltimore Sun's sports page gave "Stephen Curry" the nod in its "Best player you've never heard of" section of its NCAA tournament preview. Stephen, meanwhile, threw a full-speed fast-break bounce pass to Max Paulhus Gosselin, who hit the reverse layup, to give the Wildcats a 52-44 lead. In 2008, any mention of "Steph Curry" in a newspaper was almost assuredly a direct quote from a teammate or coach. "He's more mature and he's blossoming and flourishing as a player," his high school coach, Shonn Brown, told The Charlotte Observer. "And when he did, Curry had an epiphany," wrote The Charlotte Observer's Langston Wertz Jr. "He discovered his game was just as good as everyone else." Seas. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? Location : Davidson, North Carolina Seasons: 111 (1908-09 to 2019-20) Record: 1477-1232 .545 W-L% Conferences: A-10, Big South, Southern and Ind. He shoots the lights out of it. Curry was a mid-major star. A-10, Big South, Southern and Ind, Conference Champion: "), The Charlotte Observer's Tom Sorenson after watching Curry in the 2007 NCAA Tournament: "We saw Stephen Curry beat up on UNC Greensboro, Chattanooga, and Furman. They treat him like he's Michael Jordan. He had come a long way from the high school sophomore who said he didn't yet know his place on his team and wasn't totally comfortable playing heavy minutes. So much of his game, and Davidson's offensive scheme in general, was about the setup. Find out more. We happened to win. Seas. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions. Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners. NCAA Tournament: 14 Years (8-15), 0 Final Fours, 0 Championships NCAA Champion: Ranked in AP Poll: 5 Times (Preseason), 6 Times (Final), 71 Weeks … All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. ", Former Maryland coach Gary Williams after playing Davidson in the 2007 NCAA Tournament: "I told him he could play anywhere. One location for your team's Stat summaries, Individual stats, Team stats, Team leaders, Play by plays, Split Box scores and more. He's officially Wardell Stephen Curry II, named after his father, Dell. 6. In three seasons with Steph Curry, Davidson posted an 85-20 record, good for an .809 winning percentage. Here's everything you need to know about Curry's college career. All these people had no idea I'm even on the team, but I felt for Steph. By 2009, newspaper writers and editors began dropping the -en from Stephen. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. Conferences: Conference Champion: 24 Times (Reg. So games that stand out as extra special for the hot-shooting guard include every game from Davidson's Elite Eight run in 2008, when he dropped 40 points on Gonzaga in the first round, 30 on Georgetown, 33 against Wisconsin, then 25 in a narrow loss to Kansas; a 29-point, 10-assist, nine-steal game in Davidson's season opener the following season; 44 points with six 3-pointers and 14-of-14 free-throw shooting at Oklahoma; 44 points in a neutral-court win over in-state competition N.C. State (The Charlotte Observer noted LeBron James sat courtside for the game, there to see Curry); and 43 points in just 27 minutes on 18 shots against Appalachian State in the Southern Conference tournament in 2008. Curry was averaging 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game at the time the story was published and Wertz, the reporter, noted that Curry's handles were better and he was stronger against contact on drives to the hoop. Curry's explosive and clutch shooting performances were present in high school, too. © 2020 NCAA | Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 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What has made Curry so successful in the NBA and makes him one of the best shooters in NBA history is what made him an immediate-impact player as a freshman at Davidson: his shooting and ability to be a team's primary option on offense. Even back in college, he had a lightening-quick release, as he'd run off a screen — maybe even two or three — receive a pass and immediately pull up for a shot, even if his defender had managed to keep pace with him. But Dell had, like, seven assists in his career (high school, college and the NBA combined). ", Dell Curry: "He was around me all the time, at practices and games. His Wildcats had lost a competitive game to Maryland in the NCAA tournament the year before, then returned all 11 scholarship players, according to The Charlotte Observer. It depends, 15 contenders for the Julius Erving Award as the nation's best small forward, 2008 Southern Conference Player of the Year, 2009 Southern Conference Player of the Year, Highest scoring average in the 2008 NCAA Tournament: 32.0 points per game, Most 3-point field goals in the 2008 NCAA Tournament: 23 3-pointers, Most 3-point field goals made per game in the 2008 NCAA Tournament: 5.75 threes per game, Highest steals average in the 2008 NCAA Tournament: 3.25 steals per game, First nationally in scoring in 2009: 28.6 points per game, First all-time in 3-point field goals made in a season: 162 3-pointers, First all-time in 3-point field goals made per game as a sophomore: 4.50 threes per game, Second all-time in 3-point field goals made as a freshman: 122 3-pointers, Tied for the second-highest 3-pointers made average in a single tournament: 5.75 threes per game, Third all-time in career 3-point field goal average: 3.98 threes per game, Fourth nationally in scoring in 2008: 25.9 points per game, Tied for fifth in NCAA tournament history in most 3-pointers in a single tournament: 23 3-pointers, Ninth nationally in scoring in 2007: 21.5 points per game, 12th all-time in career 3-point field goals made: 414 3-pointers, 14th all-time in most 3-point field goals made per game in a season: 4.50 threes per game, 23rd all-time in most points scored in a season: 974 points, 30th all-time on the NCAA DI men's basketball scoring list: 2,635 points. It was a good battle out there. More developed. Recruiting analyst Dave Telep noted Curry might be the best incoming freshman in the Southern Conference for the 2006-07 season. ), 13 Times (Tourn.) Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Monday, June 29, 4:48PM. In a 73-70 win in which Charlotte Christian clinched a share of its conference title in 2005, Curry had a 15-point quarter, then he made two free throws to triple his team's lead from one point to three in the final seconds. He's done both. Latest on Davidson Wildcats guard Kellan Grady including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN When Curry was a senior at Charlotte Christian School, he was still "Dell Curry's son." He's a great player. It was Davidson's 2008 NCAA Tournament and following junior season when he began to widely be known as "Steph.". ", McKillop: "Anything that leaves Steph Curry's hands has a chance to go in. ", Fowler of The Charlotte Observer: "If Curry stays for four seasons at Davidson, he has a shot to be the second-leading scorer in NCAA history, trailing only Pete Maravich. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. Real time live stats for your favorite team powered by SIDEARM Sports. The change of pace and change of direction to get a top-10 scorer in the country the ball with just enough breathing room that he could get a shot off. Basketball fans today know Steph Curry as a three-time NBA champion and two-time NBA MVP but his rise to becoming one of the most famous basketball players of our generation and one of the best shooters ever started at Davidson, where he was a baby-faced guard known as Stephen Curry. ", The Charlotte Observer's Ron Green Jr.: "That's right, Dell Curry's son can be a shut-down defender, words likely never uttered about his father." After a challenging college debut in which he had 13 turnovers against Eastern Michigan, Curry bounced back with 32 points, nine rebounds and four assists against Michigan and stat-sheet-stuffing performances like that quickly became the norm. From basically mid-January of his freshman season until he left Davidson after his junior year, Curry scoring 25 points wasn't a remarkable feat — it was simply the norm. He even had nine threes in just his sixth college game against a non-DI opponent. * Indicates season for which the school's overall and/or conference record has been adjusted by penalty.

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