I've never asked Davidson guard Stephen Curry (above) if he planned to return for his senior season at Davidson. So I have no idea whether he'll be back. I suspect he will not. He's accomplished all he can on the court. He has taken his team to places neither he nor they envisioned.
Davidson's season, and perhaps Curry's college career, ended early this morning in Moraga, Cal., near Berkeley, in loud, crazy McKeon Pavilion. Although this was an NIT game, the atmosphere was such that you'd think Davidson and St. Mary's were playing for the championship of the world. St. Mary's won 80-68.
Curry scored 26 points, but needed 27 field goal attempts to get them. He also had nine rebounds, five assists and not a lot of help. The other four starters shot 11 for 32, the reserves three for nine. Nobody else scored more than 10.
Curry loves Davidson. That's been evident in every conversation we've had. He's part of something that he'll carry with him the rest of his life.
He'll carry it with him even if he leaves this summer for the NBA.
Although Curry became a national phenomenon after almost leading the Wildcats to the 2008 Final Four, after being discovered by LeBron James and after becoming the face of college basketball and the great hope for underdogs everywhere, he remained the same smiling, courteous, unpretentious guy he had been before his NCAA run began.
Around him, even pessimists dared to hope.
Whatever he does, we'll continue to watch and we'll continue to pull for him.
Good luck, Stephen.