Best Weekend Ever: Steph Curry Graduates From Davidson After Helping Eliminate The Memphis Grizzlies From The Playoffs

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Steph Curry had one of the most incredible weekends of any professional sportsman. One of the Golden State Warriors’ infamous ‘Splash Brothers’ received his college degree from Davidson College during the same weekend that he helped eliminate the Memphis Grizzlies from the 2022 NBA playoffs.

Curry, who majored in sociology, received his bachelor of arts degree.

On Friday, Curry and the Warriors took the rising young Grizzlies out of the race for the championship with their 110-96 win over a Ja Morant-less team. Down the stretch in Game 6 of round two of the playoffs, Curry capitalized on a blockbuster performance by Klay Thompson and a late rally by Andrew Wiggins and knocked down two 3-pointers to help create the double-digit lead that provided the ending.

The Graduate

However, while looking forward to the Western Conference Finals, Davidson College graduated its 2022 class over the weekend, and one famous name was called even though he wasn’t there in person.

Curry, a high school standout at Charlotte Christian School, attended the North Carolina-based Davidson from 2006 to 2009, playing three seasons with the Wildcats. He needed one additional semester of classwork to earn a diploma from the school after opting out of his senior year and declaring for the 2009 NBA draft.

However, the 34-year-old re-enrolled over the spring semester, reportedly working closely with current and former professors to complete what he started 13 years after entering the NBA. Although he did not attend Davidson’s commencement ceremony, his mother, Sonya, was present, capturing the moment her son’s name was announced.

Mr. Davidson

Steph was a young phenom at Davidson setting and breaking records from the outset. During his freshman season, he set the single-season scoring record for points by a freshman with 730. According to the school, he also broke Chris Dodds’ mark of 500 that lasted 29 years in the Wildcats’ win over Chattanooga.

His first 3-pointer at Western Carolina broke Davidson’s single-season record for 3-pointers held by Brendan Winters (2004-05). Curry is the NCAA single-season record holder with 162 3-pointers in 2007-08 and ranks first all-time at Davidson with 284 career threes, a precursor to his NBA box office shooting spree.

Curry is Davidson’s career leader in free-throw percentage (.874) and the second in school history with a career scoring average.

The In Good Company

The feats extended to Curry’s tenure with Golden State Warriors. The series shutout win over the Grizzlies places Curry and the team in an exclusive group within the NBA record book.

Golden State is now just the seventh team in NBA history with 21 or more playoff series wins across a 10-season span, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

The Warriors now join legendary teams that defined some of the NBA’s best eras, including the 1990s Chicago Bulls, the 2000s San Antonio Spurs, and the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s and the 2000s version the Boston Celtics of the 1960s and 1980s.

Best. Weekend. Ever.

Curry is the greatest 3-point shooter in NBA history and a three-time champion, two-time league MVP, and an eight-time All-Star.

En route to potentially another NBA Finals, Curry is having a weekend like no other, closing the loop on the path that launched him into the NBA.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.