Aug 13, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT
These days, everyone knows who Stephen Curry is.
He’s become one of the most entertaining players in the NBA, a lights-out shooter for the Golden State Warriors with a wicked crossover and a huge Under Armour shoe deal playing in an organization that allows him to flaunt his talents.
But before he became a megastar, he was just Steph, the dude that starred at Davidson because his father’s school, Virginia Tech, would only offer him a walk-on spot. Curry was a mid-major darling, the best-kept secret that us hoop-heads knew about, until he went bananas in the 2008 NCAA tournament. It was this 40-point explosion — 30 of which came in the second half — against Gonzaga that really put him in the nation’s eye.
The best part of this?
For starters, his footwork is exemplary, the biggest reason he has such a quick release. How quick is it? At the 1:50 mark, Curry comes off of a screen and Austin Daye, a lottery pick in his own right, jumps to try and challenge a shot before Curry catches the ball.
Watch it again.
Daye goes flying by Curry before he’s even caught the pass, let alone made a pump-fake. That, my friends, is a shooter.
Davidson ended up making it to the Elite 8 that year, coming within two points of beating Kansas and getting to the Final Four. Curry went for 30 in a win over Georgetown in Davidson’s second game and followed that up with 33 points in a blowout of Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. Here are the highlights from the win over the Badgers:
- Andrew Harrison’s late free throws send No. 1 Kentucky to the Final Four 31
- Sam Dekker, Frank Kaminsky catch fire as No. 1 Wisconsin beats No. 2 Arizona 7
- Rick Barnes is no longer the head coach at Texas 10
- Frank Kaminsky’s growth results in individual and team benefits for No. 1 Wisconsin 3
- Tourney Snacks: Duke-Gonzaga, Louisville-Michigan State advance to Elite 8 11
- No. 1 Duke advances to Elite 8 with win over No. 5 Utah 2
- No. 2 Gonzaga gets past No. 11 UCLA to advance to Elite 8 2
- Andrew Harrison’s late free throws send No. 1 Kentucky to the Final Four (42)
- Kentucky’s John Calipari is the National Coach of the Year, and it’s not close (36)
- Kentucky responds to Daxter Miles Jr.’s pregame comments (30)
- Updated tournament records: Big Ten, SEC champions headed to Indy (25)
- West Virginia freshman on Kentucky: ‘They’re going to be 36-1′ (20)