After his fourth NBA title and Finals MVP, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry frequently used the phrase “what are they going to say now?” About his professional resume. But now, so is his college career.
Curry was inducted into the Davidson College Hall of Fame on Wednesday, his jersey number was retired, and he received his diploma in a ceremony at Belk Arena on the school’s campus.
“It’s definitely been a wonderful day and a wonderful time for me and my family,” Curry said. “The best decision I’ve ever made was to come to Davidson for an education, to join an amazing community and most importantly, to work for an amazing person who built this program at Coach [Bob] McKillop. “
Curry completed his degree in May with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, but he was unable to attend spring college commencement due to the NBA playoffs. So he got a personal graduation on Wednesday.
“You showed determination and perseverance in order to earn this degree,” Davidson President Doug Hicks said at the ceremony. “It would have been easy if you didn’t finish your college degree, so straight. And yet, in response to that idea, you did what you did with 29 other NBA organizations, and you said, ‘Night, night.'”
Earning the degree is fulfilling a promise Curry made to his mother, Sonia, when he declared for the draft 13 years ago. But it’s also a prerequisite for having his jersey retired — a rule Davidson made.
Sonia, speaking at the ceremony, recalled how she initially wanted her son to attend a more prestigious school, but changed her mind when she saw how happy Curry was at Davidson.
Curry’s father, Dell, spoke about his son’s work ethic, noting that the next time he’s inducted into the Hall of Fame, “you know where that’s going to be.”
“There is hope in the world because of Stephen Curry,” McKillop, Curry’s former coach and Davidson’s most-winning coach in school history, said at the end of his speech.
Curry attended Davidson College from 2006 to 2009, and during those three years he became the school’s all-time leader in scoring, 3-pointers, free throws, field goals and steals.
Curry also completed his collegiate career as the all-time top scorer in the Confederation, setting an NCAA record with 162 3-pointers in 2008, was the 2009 Confederate Bob Waters Male Athlete of the Year, and won the 2009 NCAA record. became the national consensus. He led the 2008 Wildcats to the quarterfinals.
“Every president makes a hopeful statement about the future of graduates at every commencement,” Hicks said. “In that spirit, I hereby predict with confidence, Stephen Curry, that you will have considerable success in your life and career after college.”
After the commencement speech, Curry was joined on stage by his wife Ayesha and children Riley, Ryan and Canon.
As of Wednesday, Davidson had only retired eight player jerseys, but never had a jersey number. Curry’s No. 30 became the first number to be retired and removed from the rotation, meaning the Davison men’s basketball team would never wear No. 30 again.
As the crowd counted down from 10, Curry and his family pulled a lever in the shape of a basketball, revealing a jersey hanging from the rafters and imbuing him with Davidson history forever.
“I’m a graduate,” Curry said at the end of his speech. “I’m a Davidson alumnus and I’m in the Hall of Fame. It’s crazy.”