Before Steph Curry was nailing three-pointers in the NBA like they were layups, and even before he nearly took Davidson to a Final Four, the sharp-shooter was a 6-foot-2, 165-pound, under-recruited shooting guard who looked more like a middle-schooler than college freshman to be.
The Kansas City Star’s Rustin Dodd did his Twitter followers a favor and shared Curry’s high school recruiting profile, chock full of offers from the likes of VCU (pre-Shaka Smart), William & Mary, and Virginia Tech.
Back then we didn’t even know him as Steph. If you knew him at all it was, Stephen. Obviously if all the big schools were missing his talent, it’s not that crazy to wonder in amazement that he will likely be this year’s NBA MVP. But, even coming out of college, not everyone was sold on Dell Curry’s son.
CBS Sports’ Doug Gottlieb (who has the second-most assists all-time in the Big 12), saw talent in some other, let’s say, less talented rookies, despite Curry’s 28.6 points per game his junior season. Some Twitter users dug up a tweet (no pun intended) Thursday night to remind Gottlieb of his less-than-stellar prediction six years ago.
It might be fun to pile on Gottlieb, but everyone swings and misses sometimes. In retrospect though, it should have been pretty clear early on considering Curry was born in LeBron James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio.
Whether you were wrong or right on Curry’s recruitment, no one can argue his game is a thing of beauty. So sit back, relax, enjoy (maybe not you Pelican fans), the show Curry put on last night in Game 3 of the first-round playoff match-up against New Orleans. Oh, and give some props to Davidson head coach Bob McKillop who saw what most of us did not.
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