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Yes, Curry can run the point

Posted on: July 7, 2008 3:53 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2008 3:55 pm

AKRON, Ohio -- One of the treats of the LeBron James Skills Academy is the pick-up games between the college campers. They played twice Sunday and once already today, and you should know that Stephen Curry looks just as good as ever even though he's playing a new position.

"I think with me moving to point guard people aren't really sure what they're going to see," Curry said after Monday's games. "But hopefully I'll be able to make the transition nicely."

Don't worry, Davidson fans.

Best I can tell the transition won't be a problem.

Curry has been consistently tremendous while showing the ability to run the point, which is -- like Curry mentioned -- supposed to be a question mark heading into this season. The Davidson star has obviously already established himself as a high-level shooter and scorer, but skeptics have wondered whether he can move over and handle the ball. Note to skeptics: Stop wondering. Curry seems comfortable in every drill and looks like not only the best guard in the camp but also the best overall player.

Anyway, I don't think I've told you the list of college players here.

So here you go ...
  • Al Fisher (Kent State)
  • Austin Daye (Gonzaga)
  • Curtis Jerrells (Baylor)
  • DaJuan Summers (Georgetown)
  • DeMar DeRozan (USC)
  • Derrick Brown (Xavier)
  • DeShawn Sims (Michigan)
  • Devan Downey (South Carolina)
  • Hasheen Thabeet (Connecticut)
  • Jack McClinton (Miami)
  • James Harden (Arizona State)
  • Jarvis Varnardo (Mississippi State)
  • Jerome Jordan (Tulsa)
  • Jonny Flynn (Syracuse)
  • Kalin Lucas (Michigan State)
  • Kyle Singler (Duke)
  • Manny Harris (Michigan)
  • Patrick Christopher (California)
  • Ryan Thompson (Rider)
  • Sam Young (Pittsburgh)
  • Stephen Curry (Davidson)
  • Terrence Williams (Louisville)
  • Tyler Smith (Tennessee)
  • Tyreke Evans (Memphis)
For those interested, that's 10 of the 30 prospects I recently labeled as the top 30 NBA prospects set to play college basketball next season. And to those of you who said I was stupid for not placing Xavier's Derrick Brown on that list, well, I'm willing to offer an apology if you're willing to accept. He looks great here at the LeBron Camp, and when I update the list I'll be sure to place him accordlingly. Also worth noting, Evans is the only guy on that list who isn't playing. He told me he hurt his ankle at the Paul Pierce Camp and is on the mend, though the Memphis signee did shoot jumpers for a while this afternoon.

Since: Jul 2, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2008 12:51 pm

Yes, Curry can run the point

Any love for my man Jack McClinton?  Besides Stephen Curry, no else lit it up in the NCAA tournament quite like Mr. McClinton in the first 2 rounds.  While he might be a little too short to play in the NBA given that he's a true SG, the boy can shoot lights out, and I'm talking about NBA range.  Last year he shot around 43% from 3 and 92% from the FT line, he's a natural shooter who kind of reminds of a better version of Eddie House.  While he might not be a top prospect, I definitely feel he's better than some of those names on your top 30 list.

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2008 7:14 pm

Yes, Curry can run the point

I appreciate the comment about DBrown. He's going to be a legit NBA player.

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