Tag:Stephen Curry
Posted on: July 7, 2008 3:53 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2008 3:55 pm

Yes, Curry can run the point

AKRON, Ohio -- One of the treats of the LeBron James Skills Academy is the pick-up games between the college campers. They played twice Sunday and once already today, and you should know that Stephen Curry looks just as good as ever even though he's playing a new position.

"I think with me moving to point guard people aren't really sure what they're going to see," Curry said after Monday's games. "But hopefully I'll be able to make the transition nicely."

Don't worry, Davidson fans.

Best I can tell the transition won't be a problem.

Curry has been consistently tremendous while showing the ability to run the point, which is -- like Curry mentioned -- supposed to be a question mark heading into this season. The Davidson star has obviously already established himself as a high-level shooter and scorer, but skeptics have wondered whether he can move over and handle the ball. Note to skeptics: Stop wondering. Curry seems comfortable in every drill and looks like not only the best guard in the camp but also the best overall player.

Anyway, I don't think I've told you the list of college players here.

So here you go ...
  • Al Fisher (Kent State)
  • Austin Daye (Gonzaga)
  • Curtis Jerrells (Baylor)
  • DaJuan Summers (Georgetown)
  • DeMar DeRozan (USC)
  • Derrick Brown (Xavier)
  • DeShawn Sims (Michigan)
  • Devan Downey (South Carolina)
  • Hasheen Thabeet (Connecticut)
  • Jack McClinton (Miami)
  • James Harden (Arizona State)
  • Jarvis Varnardo (Mississippi State)
  • Jerome Jordan (Tulsa)
  • Jonny Flynn (Syracuse)
  • Kalin Lucas (Michigan State)
  • Kyle Singler (Duke)
  • Manny Harris (Michigan)
  • Patrick Christopher (California)
  • Ryan Thompson (Rider)
  • Sam Young (Pittsburgh)
  • Stephen Curry (Davidson)
  • Terrence Williams (Louisville)
  • Tyler Smith (Tennessee)
  • Tyreke Evans (Memphis)
For those interested, that's 10 of the 30 prospects I recently labeled as the top 30 NBA prospects set to play college basketball next season. And to those of you who said I was stupid for not placing Xavier's Derrick Brown on that list, well, I'm willing to offer an apology if you're willing to accept. He looks great here at the LeBron Camp, and when I update the list I'll be sure to place him accordlingly. Also worth noting, Evans is the only guy on that list who isn't playing. He told me he hurt his ankle at the Paul Pierce Camp and is on the mend, though the Memphis signee did shoot jumpers for a while this afternoon.
Posted on: June 23, 2008 10:12 am

Dear Gary ...

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Why not at least put Davidson in the list of teams to miss the cut? I understand the loss of Jason Richards is going to be tough on the Wildcats, but Stephen Curry is back and he has done nothing but produce. A little respect would have been nice.

-- Matt

You know, I really wish I would've ranked Davidson in the Top 25 (and one).

Honestly, I do.

Granted, the Wildcats did lose two starters and three of their top four scorers to graduation, which makes their omission reasonable. But I doubted Davidson's worth all last season, and because I was proved so wrong on such a grand level it would've been nice -- as you put it, Matt -- for me to give the Wildcats the benefit of the doubt and make them play themselves out of the rankings instead of force them to again play their way in.

In other words, I'm not a hater.

Just a skeptic.

But when it's time to update the rankings before the start of the season I plan to give Davidson a fresh look and the benefit of the doubt, and if I can make sense of it I'll place them in the Top 25 (and one), I promise. In the meantime, does it help that I'll have Stephen Curry as a first team All-American?

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