Stephen Curry is arguably the best basketball player in the world today. But that’s not enough for his high school, Davidson, to honor the reigning NBA MVP.
Since Curry, entering the NBA draft prematurely in 2009, never completed his degree requirements. In other words, because Curry never graduated, he won’t be formally recognized on his formal school campus. That is, of course, unless Curry decides to go back and complete his degree.
“I knew what I signed up for when I went to Davidson,” said the Golden State Warriors superstar. “I made a promise to coach (Bob) McKillop and my family that when I left school back in ’09 that that would be accomplished — and it will be soon. Hopefully sooner than later.”
Despite Curry’s rising popularity, Davidson athletic director Jim Murphy said the school does not make exceptions to its rule for honoring former athletes. “It’s one of those things where, I’m not even sure who would make that decision to be honest with you, just because it’s never come up before. I assume it would be the board of trustees.”
Murphy cited a previous debate surrounding the Hall of Fame candidacy of Davidson’s Mike Maloy. Early in 1970, Maloy left school a year early to play in the ABA. Due to the stringent rules, Maloy, who currently holds the school record for rebounds, is yet to be inducted into the HOF. “There has not been an exemption for it, to my understanding, for anyone,” said Murphy, a 1978 Davidson graduate. “The policy itself speaks a lot to what Davidson is all about. It’d be an interesting discussion, but it hasn’t been started yet.”