The Boubacar 11/27/2007 (STEFF-in Edition)
By Kyle Whelliston on November 27, 2007 11:20 AM
Stephen Curry, Davidson. He's not half-man, half-amazing, he's about five-eighths amazing right now. Last night in the SoCon opener for both Davidson and Appalachian State, Curry scored off the opening tip, nailed four 3's in a row, and went on to blow away his career high of 32. All told, he scored 38 points on 14-for-27 shooting, including nine bombs. That's the fourth-highest one-game total of the year, and Curry is now the nation's sixth-leading scorer at 26.
"He's unbelievable," said 6-8 senior Thomas Sander after the Wildcats' 71-60 win. "From the first few seconds of the game to the end, not only offensively but defensively... he did a great job on the defensive glass as well, helping out his big guys."
I almost forgot, Curry had six boards too, the same amount that Sander did. Watching him, it's easy to forget that this guy is a sophomore. I had to put it in my notes twice and circle it and underline it -- he's only played a little over one year of college ball. He's one of those rare players who runs the floor like he owns it, a two-guard confident enough to shout directions and make coded hand-signals to teammates. He's one of the few who can stand in the deep corner, nodding his head and casting looks into the crowd while a play's going on, then snap into focus and run a picture-perfect stutter-step route that ends in a perfect drilled three from elbow extended. People say "he's a joy to watch" about a lot of ballplayers, but Curry is the kind of player that leaves you with a big, goofy smile for hours after the final buzzer.
But a mystery remains: Davidson's game notes have Curry listed as 6-3 now, up from 6-flat last year. Was this really a growth spurt, or did he gain three inches' worth of reputation over the summer?