Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry rests during a pre-lockout game against the Phoenix Suns in March. (AP)

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry rests during a pre-lockout game against the Phoenix Suns in March. (AP)

Stephen Curry, 23-year-old guard for the Golden State Warriors, has always known the importance of education; his mother, who is the headmaster at a Montessori school near where he grew up, once forbid Curry from playing basketball for three days after he brought home a poor report card in middle school.

Several years later, taking advantage of the down time provided by the current NBA lockout, Curry is resuming his studies and attempting to earn his college degree. Scott Graf reports for Only A Game from Charlotte, N.C.

Getting back on track after his middle school mischief, Curry ended up at Davidson College in North Carolina. The small liberal arts school hosts a Division I basketball program, but is much better known for its rigorous academics than for competitive hooping. As a sophomore, Curry led the team to a bid in the NCAA tournament, where they went all the way to the Elite 8.

Instead of finishing out his four years in college, however, one year later in 2009 Curry left school without a degree. Following in the footsteps of his father, Dell, who spent 16 years in the NBA, he entered the NBA draft, becoming a 7th round pick of the Golden State Warriors.

Curry’s mother, needless to say, wasn’t thrilled.

“[It was disappointing] for him to be one season away, one year away from completing his college experience,” she says. “Finish what you start, son. You just don’t know what’s in the future.”

But before leaving school, Curry vowed to finish his degree by taking courses during the offseason. With the labor disputes pushing the NBA season back by at least two weeks, Curry is now making good on his promise, and has landed back on Davidson’s campus. If he gets far enough in his classes before the end of the lockout, Curry will be able to continue studying remotely to earn credits towards graduation.

“There’s nothing special about his being in the class at all,” says one of Curry’s professors, Rick Gay. “He acts like a regular student. He shows up, does his work, participates in class discussion, and so he’s just a normal student in the class.”