Written by: Justin Wagner (@jwag718)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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High Point, VCU, and Davidson College. What do all these schools have in common besides the fact that you probably have never heard of High Point? These schools recruited Wardell Stephen Curry, a three-star recruit from Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina. After choosing to stay close to home and attend Davidson, he had an immediate impact. In his sophomore year, he single-handedly led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament, averaging 25.5 PPG in the 2008 season.
After defeating Gonzaga in the first round, Curry and the Wildcats took down second-seeded Georgetown in the second round. To add on to this run, Curry dropped 33 points in a win against Wisconsin and 25 more in a loss to eventual National Champion, Kansas, making every school in the nation regret not recruiting him.
In that 2008 NCAA Tournament, ‘Steph’ Curry became a household name for college basketball fans everywhere and when he entered the draft in 2009 after his three years at Davidson, he left as their all-time leading scorer, the NCAA scoring leader in 2009 and a First-Team All-American. The Warriors fell in love with all of these accolades and picked him up with the 7th pick of the first round, and Steph has not ceased to amaze since.
This season has been a magical one for the Warriors, and the catalyst of the NBA-best 67-15 record was none other than Wardell himself. Averaging 24 points a game, he did what had to be done in order for his team to win, even if it meant dribbling wildly between four Clippers, stepping back and hitting a three with multiple teammates open. He had the will to win, and that is exactly what an MVP caliber player is made of.
“Be humble and be grateful for all the blessings in your life.” Steph said in his MVP speech on Monday, making him even more deserving of the award. He embodies a level of humility that is unmatched in the NBA today. You could even say he is one of the most humble athletes in all of sports. You will never see Curry act with unselfishness, on and off the court. He sets his teammates up to score and succeed in the game and is not one to put the blame on his teammates or singles out himself for their success. He is the player you want to coach, the teammate you want to play with and the kind of person you want to be around in general.
After winning the hardware, teammate Harrison Barnes said that Curry was ‘the most humble superstar I’ve ever been around” and Hall of Famer, Scottie Pippen called him ‘A winner on and off the floor’. This says more than Steph just being the league’s best player, he truly showed he is the leagues most valuable player. A leader, a teammate, a good man, and at this point, the face of the NBA.
Stephen Curry is exactly what the NBA needs right now, a different type of superstar-caliber player . He’s the kind of player you want your kid to look up to and the type I’ll tell my kids about. The “Baby-Faced Assassin” is taking the NBA by storm and now the same assassin has the MVP trophy on his mantle. Congratulations to Steph Curry on an unforgettable season!