Stephen Curry Declares for the NBA Draft

Chris GrinsteadCorrespondent IApril 23, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 6:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Davidson Wildcats goes up with the ball 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)

Davidson guard Stephen Curry announced today that he will forgo his senior season and enter his name into the 2009 NBA Draft.

Curry was Division I basketball’s leading scorer in 2008, with 28.6 points per game. He also finished fifth in three-point field goals made last year with 130.

Projections on Curry’s draft stock range from the high lottery to the mid-first round. He profiles as an outstanding shooter with strong ball-handling abilities. Curry earned a stamp of approval from NBA superstar LeBron James after James saw Curry score 44 in a Davidson win over North Carolina State.

At 6’1” and 185 pounds, however, he’ll have to beef up to compete with NBA guards. He also struggled at times against long-armed defenders, which he’ll see nightly at the pro level.

Curry said he plans to finish his coursework for the semester, and then begin a rigorous workout program. He also plans to attend a pre-draft camp in Chicago to gauge his stock. He’ll then work out for a handful of teams based on the results.

Curry is the son of former NBA player Dell Curry, who played most of his career with the Charlotte Hornets. Dell Curry now works in the front office of the Charlotte Bobcats.