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Steph Curry’s NSFW response to schools recruiting him: "F**k ‘em! I’m staying at Davidson"

Duke University was the dream school for Steph Curry but they made a historical mistake of passing up on him. That was all Curry needed and he made everyone regret their decision with his breakout season for Davidson.
Steph Curry’s NSFW response to schools recruiting him: Fu*& ‘em! I’m staying at Davidson

Curry chose Davidson because of coach Bob McKillop who recruited him

Organizations sometimes have wrong assessments of the talent they need, and even prestigious basketball programs are not safe from them. A 6'1", 175 pounds, and light-skinned guard hoped to get scholarships from any school, but no one even gave a second look. That would be a historical mistake as that guard named Wardell Stephen Curry II eventually became one of the best to play the game.

"Fu*& 'em! I'm staying at Davidson"

Even his father's name didn't help Steph Curry get attention from ACC schools. Initially, he wanted to become a Blue Devil, but Duke rejected him. In an interview with Basketball News, former NBA player Rex Chapman shared the story in an episode of his podcast "The Rex Chapman Show" that Dell Curry guested on.

"I remember you said, 'Steph would like to go there!' Johnny (Dawkins) and Coach K won't like that I'm telling this, but so what... I called Johnny one day and I said, 'Look, Dell's son, Stephen, he's [good]...' And he said, 'Yeah, yeah, I know. Let me get back with you.'"

Chapman added it was a walk-on, but when Dawkins got back, he answered that the team was already full and Steph could try again next year. However, after one year, Duke University would be the ones knocking on Steph's door, begging for another chance.

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Curry chose Davidson because of coach Bob McKillop who recruited him not because of what he saw Steph do on the court but his attitude on the sidelines. He averaged 21.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 threes, 2.8 assists, and 1.8 steals in his first year. The freshman also shot 46.3% from the field, and 40.8% from beyond the arc, enough to make teams' mouth water with his potential. After Curry learned that schools now want him and tried offering a way to get out of Davidson, he gave an NSFW response.

Chapman told Dell that Kentucky, Tennessee, Duke, and other schools suddenly expressed interest in his son. When the former Charlotte Hornets player relayed it to his son, he couldn't help but be impressed with his answer. "Dad, if they didn't want me then, I don't want them now. F*** 'em. I'm staying at Davidson."

Steph Curry needed that to improve

That early, Steph would learn that proving people wrong could be an addicting feeling. And he still proves people wrong after winning four NBA titles, two MVPs, and an NBA Finals MVP in his professional career. At that time, Curry proved to everyone he was loyal, someone who would stay to the end no matter what.

He owed that to the teams that didn't offer him a scholarship and those who didn't recruit him. Steph chose Davidson because the team played all the other big-name schools, so the sharpshooter eventually got his chance to see his dream schools play, but he's just wearing the opponent's uniforms.

Duke got their wish of having Curry on the team, Seth Curry, who also made his mark but not as great of an impact as his brother. But, in the end, players need that opportunity to prove themselves and become successful. It didn't work out for Duke and Curry, but it was a good learning point for everyone. 

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