Stephen Curry returned to his alma mater Wednesday, more than 13 years after departing for the NBA. The Golden State Warriors superstar was on hand to receive his diploma from Davidson College, where he starred before being drafted seventh overall by the Warriors in 2009.
A promise made, promise kept
The two-time NBA MVP finished his bachelor's degree in sociology back in May. However, he couldn't make it back to North Carolina for the commencement ceremony with the NBA Playoffs in full swing. Curry's academic achievement was a promise he fulfilled for his mother Sonya when he decided to leave Davidson and declare for the NBA Draft in 2009.
"This is an absolutely amazing day and an amazing moment for myself and my family. The best decision I ever made was to come to Davidson College and pursue an education, join an amazing community and, most importantly, play for an amazing man who has built this program in Coach (Bob) McKillop," said Curry.
Family members led by Curry's wife Ayesha and children Riley, Ryan, and Canon were in attendance for the special moment at Belk Arena, which was made even more special by Davidson's decision to induct Curry into its Hall of Fame and finally retire his jersey.
Despite having an NBA player for a father in Dell Curry, Steph did not receive any offers from major college basketball programs. He instead chose to attend Davidson, a small school just north of Charlotte, North Carolina.
As a freshman, Curry averaged 21 points per game and was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. He would go on to have two stellar seasons for the Wildcats before declaring for the NBA Draft following his junior year.
In his three years at Davidson, Curry averaged 25 points, four rebounds, and almost four assists per game while shooting over 40 percent from three-point range. He remains the school's all-time leader in points (2635), three-pointers made (414), and free throws made (479). He also led the Wildcats to a sensational run to the Elite Eight in the 2008 NCAA men's basketball tournament where they almost upset the eventual champion Kansas Jayhawks.
Four-time NBA champion, two-time league MVP, Finals MVP, and eight-time All-Star. Stephen Curry has accomplished a lot in his NBA career. But on Wednesday, he added one more accomplishment to his already impressive resume: college graduate.