Monday, July 2, 2007

Stephen Curry impressive for USA U19

Davidson’s Stephen Curry is a little taller, a little more focused, and maybe even a little better.

That’s the impression the guard is making with the USA Basketball U19 team. He scored 16 points in a 91-75 exhibition win Sunday night against the Chinese national team, making 5-of-6 shots including all four three-point attempts.

That kind of shooting is nothing new for Curry, who set an NCAA record for 3-pointers by a freshman last season with 122. But what’s new is some added height - Curry told me last week he’s grown two inches since the start of his freshman season - and a new focus.

"I really want to work on my decision-making and cut down on my turnovers while I am here," said Curry, who is now 6-foot-3. "I really think I am a lot stronger and a lot more powerful. But I want people to know that I am not just a one-year wonder."

Curry said he’s learned that he can’t take it easy on the court anymore. Especially now that his team might be ranked in the Top 25 to start the season.

"We know we won’t be surprising anybody this season," Curry said of Davidson, which returns all 11 scholarship players from a 29-5 team.
Neither will Curry, who appears primed for a little more exposure.

"It’s pretty flattering to hear your name mentioned with the great players," he said. "But I still have a lot to do." - Kevin Cary


john marzan said...

Are you watching the U19 World Championships in Novi Sad?

Stephen Curry was the main reason why the US team was able to stave of Serbia's rally. Curry hit two clutch threes in the latter part of the 4th qtr after the score was tied 70-70 to break their opponent's backs.