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Curry to be Honored, Jersey and Number to be Retired in August

by | Jun 17, 2022

Athletic Director Chris Clunie made the announcement about Stephen Curry at a Friday afternoon press conference.


DAVIDSON — NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, fresh off leading the Golden State Warriors to the NBA championship Thursday night, will be honored at Davidson College in August, Director of Athletics Chris Clunie announced during a press conference Friday afternoon in the Vance Athletic Center.

Then first-year Wildcat Steph Curry at the Wooden Classic as the Wildcats took on the UCLA Bruins. (Jane Campbell vintage photo)

Curry, Davidson’s all-time leading scorer with 2,635 points, will have his No. 30 jersey and number retired, be inducted into the Davidson Athletics Hall of Fame and also receive his diploma. In May, 13 years after entering the NBA, Curry earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a sociology major.

Clunie said it’s a lot of honors to do at once, but … it’s also Steph Curry:

• The star of Davidson’s 2008 Elite Eight run
• The NBA’s career 3-point leader with 3,117 treys made
• The two-time NBA MVP, who just led the Warriors to their fourth world championship in eight years

Davidson College president Carol Quillen and Stephen Curry at a Davidson basketball game.

“We’re doing it in threes — Steph likes threes, right?” he said.

Curry’s No. 30 will be the first number Davidson has retired.

The Wildcats have retired six player jerseys, including No. 21 Hobby Cobb, No. 44 Fred Hetzel, No. 10 Dick Snyder, No. 33 John Gerdy, No. 11 Derek Rucker and No. 42 Terry Holland. Holland, who later served as a Wildcats assistant coach, head coach and athletics director, was honored in January, along with former coach Lefty Driesell, the first head coach to be honored on the Belk Arena wall.

Despite playing just three seasons at Davidson, Stephen Curry finished his career as the Southern Conference’s all-time leading scorer. He set the SoCon career record for made 3-pointers (414) and set an NCAA record with 162 triples in 2008. The 2009 Southern Conference Bob Waters Male Athlete of the Year, Curry was a two-time player of the year in men’s basketball and was tabbed the freshman of the year in 2007.

An eight-time NBA All-Star, Curry was named first-team all-conference all three years at Davidson and was a consensus All-American in 2009. During his three seasons at Davidson, the Wildcats finished with a record of 85-20, including a mark of 55-3 in league play. The seventh overall pick by Golden State in 2009, Curry helped the Warriors win NBA titles in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022. He was named NBA MVP in 2015 and 2016 and set the NBA career 3-point shooting record earlier this year.

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