Michigan State v Duke

Seth Curry: ‘Proud to call myself a Blue Devil for the rest of my life’


Seth’s older brother, Stephen, has been receiving all the attention lately, and deservedly so considering how he’s dazzled the nation’s eyes in Golden State’s 4-2 first round series win against the Denver Nuggets in the NBA playoffs. But, Seth enjoyed his time in the limelight for much of the college basketball season as he averaged 17.5 points and shot 43.8% from 3PT land for Duke.

Last week, Seth was honored at the 2013 Duke Basketball Banquet, and received some very complimentary remarks from head coach Mike Krzyzewski. While introducing the younger Curry to the podium, Krzyzewski said: “Thanks for letting me correct the mistake I made of not taking you right out of high school.”

Seth, like his older brother, was seldom recruited coming out of high school, and committed to Liberty University in September of 2007. After averaging 20.2 points as a freshman in the Big South Conference, it was clear Curry was playing at a level or two beneath his abilities. As such, he transferred to Duke following his freshman season at Liberty. As a senior, Curry was Duke’s steadiest and most reliable offensive player.

Even with the returning and incoming talent that Duke has for the 2013-14 season, the shooting prowess of Curry will be difficult to replace. In his three seasons at Duke, Curry shot 41.9% from 3PT, which ranks third all-time only behind Christian Laettner and Trajan Langdon.

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UMass freshman Pipkins waiting to be cleared

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One of the potential impact freshman in the Atlantic 10 is still waiting to be cleared by the NCAA.

Luwane Pipkins, who committed to UMass as a Rivals150 prospect back in May 2014, is still waiting to hear from NCAA Eligibility Center as the Minutemen enter the first week of practice, according to Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

“He hasn’t been deemed anything yet by the NCAA,” UMass head coach Derek Kellogg told reporters on Monday. “He’s in limbo to a certain extent. He’s been running the hills of Amherst on his own and doing some things to stay in shape while we wait on his outcome.”

The 5-foot-10 point guard did not make the Minutemen’s trip to Europe this summer; needing to finish high school coursework before heading to Amherst for the fall semester.

Pipkins, rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals, could be a big part of the future for UMass basketball. Trey Davis and Jabari Hines are set to graduate this year, leaving the ball duties in the hands of the Chicago native. Kellogg has hit the recruiting trail hard in recent months, securing commitments from guards DeJon Jarreau and Unique McLean, as well as forwards Chris Baldwin and Brison Gresham, adding to a group of returners for the 2016-17 season that should include Pipkins and shooting guard Donte Clark.

UMass opens the 2015-16 season against Howard on Nov. 14 at home.


Missouri lands three-star power forward Reed Nikko

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Missouri landed its third commit in the Class of 2016, as power forward Reed Nikko announced his commitment on Monday night via Twitter.

“Couldn’t be happier to announce that I’m commiting to The University of Missouri for basketball,” he tweeted, attached with a thank you note to family, coaches and teammates.

Nikko, who attends Maple Grove Senior High in Minnesota, was in Columbia, on an official, visit this past weekend. He had scheduled an official visit to Kansas State scheduled this weekend, according to Rivals, which rates him as a three-star recruit.

The 6-foot-9 power forward joins small forward Willie Jackson and center Mitchell Smith in Kim Anderson’s current recruiting class.