- Bradford Doolittle
Last season, Stephen Curry of little-known and little-seen Davidson burst upon the national scene last March with a 40-point performance in a first-round upset of Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. He followed that with great outings in upsets over Georgetown and Wisconsin, before Davidson was finally eliminated by eventual national champion Kansas.
As we all know, Curry's star-making turn sent his draft stock through the ceiling. He entered the tournament pretty much as a non-factor in mock drafts, despite his strong under-the-radar numbers through the season. DraftExpress.com didn't have Curry on its board entering last year's tournament, but listed him as a late lottery pick by the time his run was finished. Still firing away at the college level, Curry is now considered a likely top-10 pick when he decides to turn pro.
For all the talk about how NCAA tournament play affects draft status, evidence shows it to be a minor factor, at best.