The heartfelt message came from none other than Warriors superstar and Wildcats legend Stephen Curry, who reacted to the bittersweet news less than 24 hours after winning his fourth NBA championship and first NBA Finals MVP. The former All-American and two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year played three seasons under McKillop (2006–09) and led Davidson to the Elite Eight as a sophomore.
“Love you Coach! Thank you for everything you’ve done for me, my family, Davidson and every person you’ve impacted along the way. #TCC #greatdaytobeawildcat,“ Curry wrote on Twitter.
Curry’s star has risen considerably since his days at Davidson, but his time in the national spotlight all started under McKillop’s tutelage. Curry transformed from an often overlooked recruit to one of the brightest emerging stars in the country after earning Freshman of the Year honors and leading Davidson to a 29–5 record (17–1 in SoCon) and a NCAA tournament berth in ’06.
Although their postseason trip ended in the Round of 64, the Wildcats came back stronger the following year, going 29–7 overall and 20–0 in conf. play; Curry was named conference POY while McKillop earned SoCon COY. From there, Davidson embarked on a memorable March Madness run as a No. 23 seed, defeating Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Wisconsin before falling to eventual national champion Kansas.
Curry ended his college career as Davidson’s all-time leading scorer (2,635) and all-time leader in three-point field-goals made (414) before being drafted with No. 7 pick in 2009. Overall, Curry and McKillop guided the program to a 85–20 record in their time together, winning three straight regular season titles and two conference tournament titles along the way.
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