He Couldn’t Shoot Normally in High School Basketball But Became an NBA Star
August 11, 2018
Stephen Curry sure is one of the best shooters in NBA history, but he wasn’t this great at his beginnings in the world of basketball. But, Curry is a great NBA star after all.
The brilliant shooter was pretty optimistic about his game, but his results were disappointing. Nobody thought he’d get this far. Do you know that every major D1 college rejected Steph Curry? The NBA star? Unbelievable. Can you imagine Stephen Curry not being the basketball star in high school?
At the end of the sophomore year, Steph Curry was 5’ 6’’, 125 pounds, meaning he was far from a basketball star. But, he wanted to become one, and was all-in when it comes to doing efforts. He was just ‘too small’ and couldn’t even shoot normally.
Curry couldn’t shoot from the head up. He didn’t have the strength for that, and shot from the waist, meaning he was blocked and bodied during games.
How can Dell Curry’s son not be able to shoot normally? Dell is one of the best NBA 3-point shooters. He told his son that he MUST shoot from his head up, so Steph worked an entire summer on his shot. Steph’s brother, Seth, said that he worked day and night on achieving his goal. But, Steph couldn’t shoot 2 feet in front of the rim, and cried some nights. What a frustration…
But, Steph’s junior year of high school was different. He showed off the new shot and height. He was shooting above the head, and stood at 5’ 9’’. Although he averaged just under 20 points per game, it wasn’t enough. There were no offers, no nothing. But, the kid was optimistic.
Virginia Tech, his father’s college, was the only college that recruited him, but he was given the opportunity to play as a walk-on. So, his spot wasn’t guaranteed, and this was a huge disappointment for Curry. He grew 6’’, and got an offer from Davidson College in his senior year.
Davidson coach Bob McKillop thought Curry was the player to change the program, and he made a good prediction. Steph became a household name his sophomore year of college, and Davidson made it to the final 8 of the NCAA tournament.
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.