Helping Stephen Curry Make His Big Decision

Ari KramerSenior Analyst IIApril 10, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 6:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Davidson Wildcats walks upcourt during the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 6, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Stephen Curry, whose 28.6 points per game led the nation in 2008-09, is still oscillating between staying in college and heading to the NBA Draft.

The Apr. 26 deadline for players to declare for the draft is approaching, so I have come up with a few reasons to help persuade Curry to stay at Davidson for his senior season.

If he remains at Davidson, the team will once again be the favorite to earn the Southern Conference's bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Charleston has a number of players returning from this year's team, but, with Curry, the Wildcats will still be voted No. 1 by SoCon coaches.

Andrew Lovedale, Max Paulhus Gosselin, and Can Civi are three Wildcats who will definitely not be playing under Bob McKillop next season—all three were seniors in 2008-09.

Lovedale led the team in rebounding and also contributed 12.5 points per game on the offensive end.

Gosselin was more of a role player than a stud who filled the stat-sheet, and Civi had no impact on the Wildcats' success.

While Davidson loses two key players, McKillop is bringing in three recruits with high ratings, according to ESPN. Jake Cohen, Davidson's highest rated incoming freshman, is a 6'10" center and will likely replace Lovedale as the Wildcats' main rebounder.

With that being said, reason No. 1 for Curry to stay at school is that Davidson can still be a winner if he returns.

Next, Pete Maravich only had three years to score 3,667 points in his collegiate career, but Curry has an outside chance of passing the Pistol on the all-time scoring list if he stays one more year. The junior has scored 2,635 points.

While I don't think it is fair for people to compare Curry to Maravich, Curry could become the all-time leading scorer in college basketball history. If he wants his name engraved in the game's record books, Curry should stick around.

As of right now, Curry is listed as a lottery pick in most mock drafts. Some drafts list him as the eighth overall pick. Eighth is a pretty high selection for Curry, and he might be tempted to bounce for the NBA while he knows that his stock is high.

However, if he stays for his senior season, especially with all of the players leaving school early this year, his draft stock might rise for the 2010 NBA Draft.

Of course, the final reason for Curry to stay in school is to provide college basketball with the excitement that he created during the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

However, I don't think he's going to be taking our pleasure into consideration.