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Davidson's Curry to make NBA decision soon

Davidson's Stephen Curry keeps a ball from going out of bounds in the first half of their game.
Davidson's Stephen Curry keeps a ball from going out of bounds in the first half of their game. The State

DAVIDSON, N.C. | Davidson star Stephen Curry will meet with his father this weekend, then decide whether to stay for his senior season or enter the NBA draft.

"I'm 50 percent in the middle. Every five minutes, I'm thinking one way, I'm thinking the next way," the nation's leading scorer said Wednesday, two days after the Wildcats' season ended with a loss in the NIT. "I'm just playing mind games with myself right now."

Curry said his dad, former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry, has been gathering information about where he'd be drafted. Curry, who has been projected as a lottery pick in several mock drafts, said he will decide well before the April 26 deadline.

"I guess that's one of the points — going when you're hot," Curry said. "If I can be confident I can be a lottery pick, there's a lot of risk involved in coming back and having that draft stock fall a little bit. But any answer is going to be discovered when I talk to my parents."

The lightly recruited, 6-foot-3 Curry burst onto the national scene a year ago when he averaged 32 points in four NCAA tournament games, leading the upstart Wildcats within a missed 3-pointer of the Final Four.

Moving from shooting guard to point guard this season, the slender Curry averaged 28.6 points. He had 15 games of 30 or more points, including games of 44 points against Oklahoma and North Carolina State and 41 against Chattanooga.

He shot 45 percent from the field, including 39 percent from 3-point range. He closed the season with 26 points in Monday's loss at Saint Mary's.

Speaking Wednesday on the Belk Arena floor on campus while wearing a black Davidson polo shirt, Curry hinted he'd probably not test the draft waters by declaring for the draft and not hiring an agent. That would allow him to change his mind by June 15 and return to school.

"I've always had the notion that if you're making that decision, you have to be 100 percent confident about it," Curry said.

If Curry returns for his senior season, he'd have an outside shot at eclipsing Pete Maravich's NCAA Division I career scoring record of 3,667 points. Already the school record holder with 2,635 points, Curry would need to average 29.5 points over 35 games to surpass the four decade-old mark.

"That would be crazy to break that record," Curry said. "But I'm not going to come back to just set records."

Curry's competition in the weak Southern Conference, and the suspect support on his own team could weigh in his decision, too. Becoming the team's primary ballhandler this season, Curry faced constant full-court pressure and often had to create his own shot. He also had numerous assists taken away by missed layups and short shots by his teammates.

Curry took nearly twice as many shots as any other player on the team as Davidson went 27-8, missing a return trip to the NCAA tournament after a loss to College of Charleston in the SoCon semifinals.

The competition level is what made his younger brother, Seth, decide Tuesday to transfer from Liberty after being the top scoring freshman in the country. Stephen Curry said his brother has "a lot of offers on the table" from schools in the Atlantic Coast, Southeastern and Big East conferences.

"It's every kid's dream to go to that kind of level," Curry said. "Now he has plenty of opportunities to do that."

Growing up watching his father, Curry had the same dreams about the NBA. Now he's close to deciding whether it will happen this year or next.

"I don't want it to drag on," Curry said. "I'm pretty sure once I get all the information, the right answer, the right choice, will come to me."

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