Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Curry shows more than a jumper

Davidson's Stephen Curry is known for his 3-point shooting. He set a NCAA record with 122 3-pointers as a freshman, and I saw him swish 35-footers in a game of "PIG" against his father, former Charlotte Hornet Dell Curry, back in March.

But Curry's shown more than a sweet stroke at the U19 World Championships this month.

Yes, Curry is shooting 55 percent from the field, including 8-of-16 on 3-pointers, but he's done a lot more than that. He's playing less than half of the 40-minute games in Serbia, but he's still averaging four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

He's also become a better ballhandler - Curry averaged a turnover for every assist his freshman season at Davidson, but he's made only six turnovers (with 17 assists) in helping the U.S. team win its first six games.

Curry is still the team's second-leading scorer at more than 10 points a game, but his all-around play could be a sign of things to come for Davidson this season. Davidson fans can see the new Curry online starting Friday at 7:30 a.m. (EST), when the U.S. team faces Argentina in the quarterfinals.

The quarterfinal game will be broadcast online at