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There's also a relative factor in NCAA success

March 13, 2007|Robyn Norwood

The sons of someone famous are all around the NCAA tournament, and not only on Florida's legacy-laden team.

D.J. Strawberry, the son of Darryl Strawberry, is Maryland's leading scorer. Patrick Ewing Jr. wears his father's No. 33 for Georgetown, and plays for John Thompson III, the son of his dad's coach. Austin Ainge starts for Brigham Young, 26 years after his father Danny dribbled through the entire Notre Dame team for a buzzer-beating layup. And USC's Daniel Hackett is the son of Rudy Hackett, who played for Syracuse in the 1975 Final Four.

But consider the case of Davidson freshman Stephen Curry.

His father, Dell, starred at Virginia Tech before playing 16 NBA seasons, and his mother, Sonya, was a volleyball standout at the school. But Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg didn't offer him a scholarship, telling him he could walk on if he'd like.

Curry chose Davidson, and has scored more points than any freshman except Kevin Durant of Texas, making as many as nine three-pointers in a game.

When Curry scored 29 points in the Southern Conference final against College of Charleston, Bobby Cremins, the losing coach, took a jab at his friend at Virginia Tech.

"When I see Seth Greenberg, I'm going to give him a piece of my mind," Cremins said.

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-- Robyn Norwood

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