A year ago Coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “Seth’s good, he’s just really good. I think he’ll be one of the better point guards in the country, especially if he learns to be a leader and not just a scorer. I think he can do that.” Flash forward to Wednesday and this is what you heard, “Seth was terrific,” Coach K said as the two sat side by side at an interview podium post game. “He was the difference-maker. I’m proud of you, Seth. I’m glad you came to Duke.”
“Seth” is Seth Curry, senior starting guard for the Duke Blue Devils, and a major factor in how their season will unfold. Curry has been battling a shin injury since the fall and has missed a lot of practice time. However, on Wednesday he helped lead his team over the highly touted Kentucky Wildcats. Curry played 34 minutes and contributed more than just stats, he provided stability from the perimeter on a team stacked with post presence. “Coach did a good job of getting me out of the game to be fresh at the end of the ballgame,” Curry said. “I’m trying to stay sharp with limited practice time, and my teammates did a good job of finding me since I haven’t been around them as much as I usually am in practice. They did a good job of finding me and got me going with open shots, and that was key.” Never one to take credit for himself, Curry shows his selflessness in this quote.
Coach K is one of the best communicators of all time and has an uncanny ability to develop players as more than just basketball players, much like John Wooden. Curry is just another player in a long list of “good players” who became great because of the influences of a coach that empowers his players, motivates them to their best and provides an opportunity for them to succeed.
Curry may not of become the “best guards in the country” like Coach K wanted, but he is one of the best leaders in the country.