After his fourth NBA title and Finals MVP win, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry often used the phrase “Now what are they going to say?”. in relation to his professional CV. But now the same is true of his college career.
On Wednesday, Curry was inducted into the Davidson College Hall of Fame, his jersey number retired and his diploma accepted in a ceremony at the Belk Arena on the school’s campus.
“This is an absolutely amazing day and moment for me and my family,” Curry said. “The best decision I ever made was to come to Davidson College and get an education, join a great community, and most importantly, play for a great man who built this program in Coach [Bob] McKillop.”
Curry graduated in May with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology but was unable to attend the college’s graduation ceremony in the spring because of the NBA playoffs. So he got an individual start on Wednesday.
“You have shown determination and perseverance to earn this degree,” Davidson President Doug Hicks said during the ceremony. “It would have been so easy and straightforward not to complete your college degree. But in response to that idea, you did what you did to 29 other NBA organizations, you said, ‘night, night’.”
In earning his degree, Curry fulfilled a promise Curry made to his mother, Sonya, 13 years ago when Curry committed to the design. But it was also a requirement for his jersey to be retired – a rule introduced at Davidson.
Speaking at the ceremony, Sonya reflected on how she originally wanted her son to attend a more prominent school, but her mind changed when she saw how happy Curry was at Davidson.
Curry’s father, Dell, touched on his son’s work ethic, noting that the next time he’s inducted into a hall of fame, “you know where that’s going to be.”
McKillop, Curry’s former coach and Davidson’s most successful coach in school history, concluded by saying, “There is hope in the world because of Stephen Curry.”
Curry attended Davidson College from 2006 to 2009 and during those three years became the school’s all-time leader in points, three-pointers, free throws, field goals and steals.
Curry also finished his college career as the Southern Conference’s all-time leading scorer, set an NCAA record with 162 triples in 2008, was the 2009 Southern Conference Bob Waters Male Athlete of the Year, and was a 2009 consensus All-American. He led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in 2008.
“Every president makes hopeful statements about the future of the graduates at every start of college,” Hicks said. “With that in mind, I hereby confidently predict, Stephen Curry, that you will find considerable success in your life and career after college.”
After the opening remarks, Curry’s wife Ayesha and children Riley, Ryan and Canon joined him on stage.
As of Wednesday, Davidson had retired just eight player shirts but never a shirt number. Curry’s No. 30 became the first number to be retired and removed from the rotation, meaning no Davidson basketball player will ever wear the No. 30 again.
As the audience counted down from 10, Curry and his family pulled a basketball-shaped lever to reveal his jersey hanging in the rafters, forever committing him to Davidson history.
“I’m a graduate,” Curry said to end his speech. “I’m a Davidson grad and in the Hall of Fame. And that’s pretty crazy.”
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