Taking the Leap: Stephen Curry & Jeremy Tyler

Apr 23, 2009

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Davidson’s Stephen Curry has decided to forego his Senior year to follow in his father’s footsteps and take his silky game to the NBA.  The 6’3″ Guard led the nation with a 28.6 scoring average while learning the Point Guard position.  He averaged 5.6 assists per game.  Curry steadily improved each year:

- Freshman:  21.5 points, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals
- Sophomore:  25.9 points, 2.9 assists, 2.0 steals
- Junior:  28.6 points, 5.6 assists, 2.5 steals

Curry will have to bulk up a bit to make the transition to the NBA, but he should have no problem becoming one of the top marksmen in a couple years.

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Stephen Curry isn’t the only one making the leap in basketball.  High School Junior Jeremy Tyler will drop out of school to play professional ball in Europe.  Largely considered to be the best High School big man in the country, Tyler has decided to pass on the opportunity to play under Rick Pitino at Louisville, and instead get paid to play.  I don’t have a problem with the move.  Athletes in sports such as gymnastics and tennis get started at young ages.  If a child is gifted enough to graduate early and go off to college, there isn’t a problem.  Personally if it were my child I would try to discourage him, but that’s not my call to make.  The plan is to play overseas for two years and then declare for the NBA Draft.

Last year Point Guard Brandon Jennings opted to play in Europe rather than for the Arizona Wildcats.  It didn’t go as smoothly as Jennings had hoped (see NY Times article) away from the court.  On the court, it wasn’t much better.  Jennings averaged 5.5 points in 25 games in the Italian league and 7.6 points in 16 games in the Euroleague (see stats).  It may be different for a big man, but Tyler may end up regretting his decision.

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