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10 Things You Didn't Know About Steph Curry
Jeremy Dorn | Photo: nikk_la (via Flickr and Google) | May 1, 2013
The Warriors' sharpshooting guard is lighting it up in the NBA playoffs. But how well do you really know the Bay Area's ascendant superstar?
1. He's a Late Bloomer
Curry wanted to go to Virginia Tech, the alma mater of both his parents, but the school showed no interest in recruiting him because he was so small coming out of high school. Before attending Davidson (one of only three Division-1 colleges that offered him an athletic scholarship), the school hadn't won an NCAA tournament game since 1969. Curry led them to three wins in one season.
2. He's Got Ridiculous Genes
Not only is Curry the son of former NBA player Dell Curry, his mom Sonya was a college volleyball star. His brother Seth starts on Duke's hoops team, despite also being lightly recruited out of high school (Seth transferred from Liberty to Duke).
3. He Could Beat Rick Barry in a Free-Throw Contest
Curry has the all-time Warriors record for free throw percentage in a season. He set the 93.4 percent mark in 2010-2011, topping NBA legend Barry's previous record of 92.4 percent.
4. Dude Can Act!
When Curry was a kid, he appeared with his father in a Burger King commercial. It has been turned into an "NBA encouragement" commercial since. Take a look.
5. He Fell in Love at Church
Curry and his wife Ayesha Alexander met in a church youth group when Steph was just 15 years old.
6. He's Not the First Steph Curry
Curry's legal name is Wardell Stephen Curry II, after his father Dell, but as Curry told ESPN while he was at Davidson, people have always just called him "Steph."
7. He's Still Underappreciated
Though Curry averaged nearly 23 points a game (7th-best in the NBA) this season, and has been consistently good throughout his young career, he has yet to make an NBA All-Star team.
8. He Might Be an Even Better Golfer
Curry is an avid golfer and started his own charity tournament two years ago. Before college, when he was playing regularly, Curry claims to have been a five-handicap.
9. He Once Outscored a Team By Himself
In a game against Chattanooga in 2008, Curry scored 27 points in the first half. Chattanooga's team scored 26.
10. Lebron Loves Him
One of Curry's biggest fans, ever since his days at Davidson, has been LeBron James. During the 2008 NCAA tournament, James went to see some of Curry's games in person. He and his teammates on the Miami Heat have endless respect for him. High praise from high places.