Sunday, March 30, 2008
Updated: March 31, 7:43 AM ET
Sophomore sensation Curry returning to Davidson
ESPN.com news services
DETROIT -- It's safe to say that at some point watching Stephen Curry nail NBA 3-pointers against Wisconsin, LeBron James thought about penetrating and dishing to the Davidson sharpshooter.
He and any other NBA players will have to wait.
After Kansas ended Davidson's dream run in the NCAA tournament on Sunday, Curry said that he will return to school for his junior season.
"I'm definitely coming back," he said. "I don't think I'm ready."
Speculation began after the son of former NBA player Del Curry went off for 40 points in a first-round win over Gonzaga. Thirty more points in a victory over Georgetown turned whispers into questions. The uproar began, though, when Curry dropped 33 points on Wisconsin to carry the Wildcats into the Elite Eight -- with Cleveland Cavaliers star James in attendance.
Curry, who averaged 25.9 points for 29-7 Davidson this season, wanted to quiet the rumors. He also gave his coach a big present and incentive to stay at the mid-major.
A source close to Davidson coach Bob McKillop told ESPN.com that Rice recently made a major play for him. The return of Curry makes any decision McKillop might need to make that much more interesting.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Curry made one of his patented NBA-range 3-pointers with 55 seconds left on Sunday to pull Davidson within two of Kansas, but the Wildcats could get no closer. He finished with 25 points and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional.
His streak of 30-point games in the tournament was snapped, but Curry's legend only grew because he was still able to score against four different Jayhawks determined to stop him.
Top-seeded Kansas, though, made him put up a lot of shots to nearly double the total of any other player in the Midwest Regional final.
He was 9-of-25 -- 4-of-16 on 3-pointers -- and made all three of his free throws.
With his first 3-pointer, he broke an NCAA single-season record -- surpassing the 158 Butler's Darrin Fitzgerald made during the 1986-87 season.
Curry became just the fourth player to score at least 30 points in his first four NCAA tournament games, quickly became the face of college basketball's signature event and had NBA scouts watching his games a little more closely.
They'll have to keep watching next season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.