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The Seth Curry Admiration and Spice Society


(By Chet White - The News & Advance, via AP)

If compiling weekly one-liners about obscure Division I programs in Virginia has taught me one thing, it's this: Seth Curry is a mid-Atlantic miracle. Last night? A career-high 30, including 25 in the second half, as the Flames notched a comeback win over Northern Colorado.

Now, of course, everyone in the country knows about Curry No. 2, but I feel like the Atlantic 11 voting community was at least six to eight days ahead of the curve on Stephen Curry's little bro. And in fact, a couple weeks ago, I proposed to my editor a trip to Lynchburg, which I've heard is lovely in late December, for a Seth Curry retrospective. But at this rate, the kid will be on the cover of SI within a few weeks, under the headline: "Sweet Vindaloo! Flames Newest Curry Heats Up Paneer and Far, Might Be Second to Naan."

The media thus far? Well, there was the Curry Bros. first joint radio interview (on College Insider.com), an All-Freshman Team honor (from FoxSports.com), an appearance on Cold Pizza (or First Take or whatever), and a citation from Dick Vitale (Diaper Dandy of the week, naturally). And did you know that Liberty's freshman class was rated top-50 in the country and also includes Jesse Sanders, the younger brother of former Gardner-Webb honorable mention All-American Thomas Sanders? With the Seth Curry Hype Machine now set to "Favre in June" levels, and with "Favre in August" only a few clicks away, let's take a look at the burgeoning Curry II mystique.

* FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman focuses on the recruiting whizzes who watched a spindly, frail Stephen become a national sensation and decided that his spindly, frail younger brother wasn't for them. He notes, as does every Curry author, that Seth is the only freshman in DI who ranks in the top 50 in scoring, and further notes that Seth Greenberg should consider himself fortunate that there's not third Curry Bro.

Instead of redshirting his freshman season at Virginia Tech or standing squarely in his brother's shadow at Davidson, Seth opted to play at Liberty University, the small religious school located in Lynchburg, Va., founded by Jerry Falwell.

"It was a token offer," Seth Curry said of the Hokies' interest. "An offer is an offer," said Greenberg.

* The Chicago Tribune decides to play things cool, quoting Liberty's coach as saying that Seth Curry will be a pro one day, and explaining that "like the Mannings in football, the Currys are becoming the first family of college basketball."

* Rivals focuses on the hamstring injury that limited Seth's offers, quoting a Liberty assistant who said the staff was rooting for the injury to get worse. That link also quotes Jim Larranaga saying he thinks Seth will be an All-American one day.

* Liberty Coach Ritchie McKay, to the Charlotte Observer: "This dude is special. I've told him he has a chance to do for us what Stephen has done for Davidson."

* And the headlines? "Younger Curry Spices Things Up at Liberty" (ESPN.com), "Curry Fanning Flames" (ABC 13), Curry Hot in Flames' Blowout (Lynchburg News Advance).

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 23, 2008; 1:31 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Comments

So...what you're saying is that Gary Williams still can't recruit, right?

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | December 23, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Dick Vitale's approval is a kiss of death. No sports fan can knowingly root for a player that has his approval.

Posted by: JDP_ | December 23, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I beat you to Lynchburg, Dan. But if you want a co-pilot when you go, I'd love to watch young Curry play again.

Posted by: eangevine | December 23, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

He is Shiva, God of Death!

Posted by: fitzfacts | December 24, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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