GET that diploma first, young man.
Despite being Davidson’s most famous athlete, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry has to graduate first before the school retires his popular No. 30 jersey.
According to ESPN.com, Davidson only retires jersey numbers of players who graduated. Curry left the school as a junior in 2009 when he applied for the NBA draft and has yet to fulfill the requirements to earn his degree.
The Golden State Warriors’ top gunner, though, vowed to complete his academic obligations.
“I knew what I signed up for when I went to Davidson. I made a promise to coach (Bob) McKillop and my family that when I left school back in '09 that that would be accomplished - and it will be soon. Hopefully, sooner than later.”
Curry said finishing school is “still a priority for sure” but admitted there was “a lot going on right now,” specifically in his stellar NBA career.
“Taking advantage of my career right now on the court in the NBA, it's only a very short window, so you want to give all the attention and effort. But to be able to finish out that part of my life, whenever it does happen, will be huge.”
Curry, a sociology major, took the Wildcats to the Elite Eight as the Cinderella team of the 2008 NCAA tournament before falling to eventual champion Kansas.
As a sign of things to come, the then sophomore set the NCAA single-season record with 162 three-pointers during his final year. He was a finalist for the Wooden Award and named to the All-America Second Team by the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and Sporting News.
Curry shifted from shooting guard to run the point in his junior season, but Davidson failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament. The decision, however, aided in his development as an NBA-caliber shooter who led the Warriors to the league’s best record (67-15) a year ago en route to the team’s first NBA title in 40 years.
Golden State has started the season strong with a 20-0 record.
Getting a degree will prove a challenge considering Davidson does not offer summer classes and Curry’s commitments. The Warriors are expected to be playing well deep into the playoffs the way they are performing and he will likely be a part of Team USA as it prepares for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.