All it took was three plays at a high school spring game for Liberty Coach Ritchie McKay to offer a scholarship.
And just like that, another Curry had flown under the radar.
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One season after unheralded Stephen Curry led Davidson to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament, his little brother Seth is a freshman at Liberty and is making college coaches wonder how they let another one get away. e_SClB"I thought, 'That kid is going to be special,' " McKay said, recalling watching Seth Curry on a recruiting trip. "I told my assistant, 'This kid is going to be a pro.' He said, 'Come on.' But I don't think he's saying that anymore."
While Stephen Curry is the nation's top scorer, averaging 31.9 points per game as a junior guard at No. 22 Davidson, Seth is the nation's leading freshman scorer with 21.4 points per game for Liberty (7-2). He ranks 16th nationally and is shooting 45.8 percent from the field.
"If Seth is like his brother, he has a high skill level," said DePaul Coach Jerry Wainwright, who coached Stephen Curry in the 2007 FIBA Under-19 World Championships and went against him Wednesday night in the Las Vegas Classic. "He has shown composure, and I've seen them both make plays. They have ice water in their veins."
Like the Mannings in football, the Currys are becoming the first family of college basketball.
After a college career at Virginia Tech, Dell Curry played in the NBA for 16 years. Dell and his wife, Sonya, were spotlighted in the crowds at tournament games last season, when Stephen's silky shot looked like a replica of his dad's. This season, Seth is adding to the family legacy.
Seth grew up hanging out at his dad's practices, playing video games against Tracy McGrady and competing against his older brother.
Seth and Stephen would play under a light behind their house, sometimes taking games deep into the night.
"One time we played one-on-one until 11," Seth said. "I quit and went inside. I was really mad. My mom told me to go back and finish. So we were out there till midnight. I probably still lost, to tell you the truth."
Yet Seth acknowledges it probably made him better.
Seeing his brother succeed at Davidson (enrollment 1,700) in North Carolina made Seth expand his own goals.
"If you have the talent of players, it doesn't matter what the size of the school is," he said.
Liberty (enrollment 11,000-plus) first recruited him as a junior guard at Charlotte Christian, before other schools had heard about him and before his brother became a household name. Seth also was coming off a hamstring injury that McKay said masked his talent.
"He's really smooth," McKay said. "He's just laid back, smooth, unassuming. That and him being hurt, they thought he didn't play hard. We saw him when he was healthy. We knew what he could do."
Seth Curry also considered Davidson and Virginia Tech but decided to go his own way. Plus, Liberty offered immediate playing time.
Seth said Stephen "wanted me to go to Davidson," but advised him to "make my own decision."
Now Seth and Stephen talk about possibly playing in an ESPN Bracket Buster game or meeting in the NCAA Tournament.
Seeing Stephen take Davidson to the Elite Eight, Seth could not wait to join his brother at the college level.
"I was just counting the days to get out there," he said.