The news that Stephen Curry — one of the most influential and watchable players in college hoops history — is being inducted into the Southern Conference Hall of Fame is only surprising in that he wasn’t placed into it already.
But he’ll be there later this year. The SoCon has announced a five-person class, which also includes Armanti Edwards (Appalachian State), Brad Faxon (Furman), Keith Jennings (ETSU) and Karen Pelphrey (Marshall).
“This year’s group of inductees is one of the most impressive since the Hall’s inaugural class of 2009,” commissioner John Iamarino said in a statement. “It features not only the current MVP of the NBA, but two other former SoCon basketball Players of the Year, one of the winningest quarterbacks in NCAA history, and a former collegiate golfer of the year who went on to win multiple PGA events. It is a remarkable group.”
Curry scored 2,635 points in three years under Bob McKillop. That’s a school record. He made 162 3s in 2007-08, which is the most in one season from any D-I player in college basketball history. His 414 3s are a SoCon record. Of course, he also took Davidson to the Elite Eight — and nearly the Final Four — in 2008. He won SoCon Player of the Year twice, in 2008 and 2009, and earned First Team honors in the league all three of his years at Davidson.
What many people forget: that 2008-09 year, when Curry was a consensus First Team All-American, Davidson actually failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
Curry’s career averages at Davidson: 25.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.1 steals, 41.2 percent from 3-point range.
No matter how great Curry becomes at the NBA level, we’ll always remember his time at Davidson, too. He was an outrageously fun player to watch. What’s funny to realize now is, his style then was similar, in many ways, to how he’s wrecking the NBA now. But almost everyone dismissed that as something that could be replicated once he got to the league. Instead, he and the Warriors have changed template of how to win at the highest level.