Davidson standout guard Stephen Curry will make a decision sometime this week as to whether to skip his senior year of college and turn pro – but that decision has not come yet, his father Dell Curry said Monday.
Dell Curry denied a report from the website DraftExpress.com, which claimed Curry had already made his decision and would go pro. “That’s just not true,” Dell Curry told The Observer Monday. “At some point, it’s going to be true or false, but they’re just guessing. I guess they do that to draw interest to the website – just put it out there and hope they’re right.”
Davidson coach Bob McKillop said he had a 30-minute, one-on-one meeting with Stephen Curry Thursday night and then had dinner with his star player Friday night.
“We went over all the pluses and minuses,” McKillop told me Monday. “I made it clear to him that although his decision will certainly impact our program in numerous ways, there’s no sense of urgency from our standpoint. I want him to make a decision that is well-thought out and that he’s comfortable with."
If Curry does go pro a year early, he’s thought to be a guaranteed first-round pick who could be selected anywhere from No.8 to No.20 overall. Curry will likely be a point guard in the NBA. He showed he could play the position in his junior season at Davidson, where he led the Southern Conference in scoring, assists and steals.
Dell Curry said he and the rest of the family were now “leaving Steph alone to make the decision.” Asked if his son – the NCAA’s leading scorer in 2008-09 with a 28.6-per-game average – was stressed about the impending decision, Dell said he didn’t believe so.
“Steph couldn’t hit the golf ball as well as he is doing right now if he was stressed,” Dell Curry said. Dell and Stephen played golf Saturday. Stephen, despite not playing since August, shot a 78 to his father’s 79.
“I can confirm that, at least,” Dell Curry said, “but that’s about all I can confirm right now. He just hasn't decided yet." The decision has to be made by Sunday. Curry is in class as usual at Davidson today.
Although Curry could put his name in the NBA draft and then pull it out if he doesn't hire an agent, Stephen Curry told me recently that he doubted that would be the road he would take. "I'll either do it or I won't," Curry said. Stephen Curry could not be reached for comment Monday.
Stephen Curry also played in an intramural softball game Sunday with some of his Davidson basketball teammates. McKillop went to watch. “Steph is a tremendous shortstop in the Derek Jeter mold,” McKillop said, laughing, “and he hit some screaming line drives. Maybe he’s thinking about going pro in the wrong sport.”
Davidson plans a press conference on campus once Curry decides to jump to the NBA or not. The school’s sports information office has been flooded with calls this morning due to the website report but –- after consulting with McKillop -- has not scheduled a press conference.
Sunday's "Declaration Day" deadline also looms for North Carolina's Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington, who are generally expected to choose to join senior teammates Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green in the 2009 draft.
McKillop is on the road recruiting today but is scheduled to return late tonight. He will be on the Davidson campus most of the rest of the week. It’s very likely the coach would be involved in any press conference Stephen Curry had.
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