Big decisions looming for Curry family

March, 25, 2009
The Curry family will have a hectic spring with decisions looming that could affect the careers of both Stephen and younger brother Seth.

The latter announced Tuesday that he was transferring. Seth Curry, who led the nation's freshmen in scoring with 20.2 points a game for Liberty University this season, wants to play at a higher level, notably in the ACC and in the state of North Carolina (NC State, Wake Forest, Duke or North Carolina).

As for the elder Curry, he will likely be a lottery pick if he decides to leave the Wildcats and enter the NBA draft.

Dell Curry, a former NBA guard and Seth and Stephen's father, said Tuesday night that the family will take time on each decision. He said the family is waiting to see which schools contact Liberty for a release.

"This is a whole new process," Dell said of looking for a new school. "He chose Liberty because of coach [Ritchie] McKay. He really liked him and the university, but after playing in the league, we feel that he can play at a higher level."

McKay said Tuesday that he was treating Seth Curry almost like a one-and-done player who has hit the higher-profile schools. He said Curry did help the Flames in his one season, helping them go 23-12 and earn a spot in the inaugural postseason tournament.

Meanwhile, Dell Curry said he has been in contact with his NBA friends about Steph's standing in the draft.

"It's obvious he'll be a high draft choice, but he is a student and he desperately wants to finish school," Dell Curry said, adding that Stephen can't make a bad choice here.

"You watch the maturity in his game and how he's played," Dell said. "He's talented enough. But it's a long, tough year. It's a grown man's league. You've got be ready mentally more than anything."

Dell said Davidson's failure to make the NCAAs after last season's magical run to the Elite Eight was a "big disappointment" for Stephen. The Wildcats lost to Saint Mary's in the second round of the postseason NIT in Moraga, Calif., on Monday night.

Dell Curry said Stephen will need to decompress over the next couple weeks before making an early-entry decision.

The deadline to declare for the draft is April 30. Because of Dell's strong ties within the league, Curry should be able to make the decision with more information than most and without agent involvement.

• The NIT was looking at a potential field in New York of Florida, Kentucky, Auburn and Saint Mary's with a decidedly SEC twist that could've been an interesting sell in the Garden. Instead, Penn State beat Florida and Baylor beat Auburn. Tonight, Notre Dame hosts Kentucky (ESPN2, 7 ET) and Saint Mary's goes to San Diego State (ESPN2, 9 ET) to determine the rest of the semifinal participants in New York.

• A source close to the Alabama search said there isn't a Plan B. The Tide is banking on landing VCU's Anthony Grant.

• Another source said Georgia will wait to make a run at Missouri's Mike Anderson once the Tigers are done playing in the NCAAs.

• Another source said representatives of Arizona's coaching search are promising $2 million and chartered flights, something that doesn't happen in the Pac-10. But at least one Arizona source said that high-profile coaches will be disappointed once they get down to it and see the rebuilding that must occur with the Wildcats, if the expected departures of juniors Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill and possibly Nic Wise occur.

Andy Katz | email

ESPN Senior Writer



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