Warriors Stephen Curry Celebrated at Davidson Ceremony

After his fourth NBA title and Finals MVP win, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry often used the phrase “What are they going to say next?” regarding his professional resume. But now the same is true for his college career.

On Wednesday, Curry was inducted into the Davidson College Hall of Fame, was given his jersey number retired and received his diploma in a ceremony at the Belk Arena on the school’s campus.

“This is an absolutely amazing day and an amazing moment for myself and my family,” said Curry. “The best decision I ever made was to come to Davidson College and get an education, join an amazing community and most importantly play for an amazing man who built this program in Coach [Bob] McKillop.”

Curry graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in May but was unable to attend the college graduation in the spring due to the NBA playoffs. So he got an individual start on Wednesday.

“To earn this degree, you have shown determination and perseverance,” said Davidson President Doug Hicks at the ceremony. “It would have been so easy and so simple not to finish your college education. But in response to that idea, you did what you’ve done with 29 other NBA organizations, you said ‘night, night.'”

Getting his degree was the fulfillment of a promise Curry made to his mother, Sonya, 13 years ago when Curry ran for military service. But it was also a condition of getting his jersey retired—a rule that was introduced at Davidson.

Speaking at the ceremony, Sonya thought about how she initially wanted her son to go to a more prominent school, but she changed her mind when she saw how happy Curry was with Davidson.

Curry’s father, Dell, commented on his son’s work ethic, noting that the next time he is inducted into a Hall of Fame, “You know where that will be.”

McKillop, Curry’s former coach and Davidson’s most winning coach in school history, concluded the speeches by saying, “There is hope in the world because of Stephen Curry.”

Curry attended Davidson College from 2006 to 2009 and became the all-time leader in points, three-pointers, free throws, field goals and steals during those three years.

Curry also finished his college career as the Southern Conference’s all-time leading scorer, setting an NCAA record with 162 triples in 2008, was the 2009 Southern Conference Bob Waters Male Athlete of the Year, and was a consensus All-American in 2009. He led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in 2008.

“Every president makes hopeful statements about the future of graduates at every start,” Hicks said. “In that spirit, I hereby predict, with confidence, Stephen Curry, that you will have great success in your life and career after college.”

After the opening speeches, Curry’s wife Ayesha and children Riley, Ryan and Canon joined him on stage.

As of Wednesday, Davidson had withdrawn only eight jerseys, but never a jersey number. Curry’s number 30 became the first number to be retired, meaning no men’s Davidson basketball player will ever wear the number 30 again.

As the audience counted down from 10, Curry and his family pulled a basketball-shaped lever to reveal his jersey hanging from the rafters, indoctrinating him into Davidson’s history forever.

“I graduated,” Curry said, ending his speech. “I’m a Davidson alum and I’m in the Hall of Fame. And that’s pretty crazy.”

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