Stephen Curry’s continuing impact on Davidson basketball


NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who led the Golden State Warriors to their first championship in 40 years last season, said this week he wouldn’t be where he is today without Davidson College men’s basketball coach Bob McKillop.

At the Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards on Tuesday night in San Francisco, Curry thanked McKillop for taking a chance on “a scrawny kid who looked like he was 12 years old.’’

“(You’ve) shown the world that it doesn’t matter where you come from, you have the opportunity to be great at anything, on and off the playing field,” Curry added. “Thank you very much. I wouldn’t be here without you.”

McKillop, meanwhile, acknowldeged Davidson men’s basketball might not be where it is today without Curry. The Wildcats reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight in 2008 with Curry leading the charge. The Wildcats nearly made the Final Four, but lost to the eventual champion Kansas, 59–57.

“We should be honoring you, Steph,’’ McKillop said Tuesday night. “You are a game-changer.’’

During the Atlantic 10’s media day in October, McKillop spoke to ASN’s Monica McNutt about Curry’s continuing impact on Davidson.