Former Oklahoma State sharpshooter JamesOn Curry recently signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Curry played only four seconds, against the Boston Celtics, before being sent back to Springfield (Mass.) in the NBA’s Development League. But for the first time, Curry can say he’s played in the NBA.
"They told me I had a great IQ, one of the smartest players they’ve seen,” Curry said. "It shows I’m headed in the right direction. I’m staying positive, doing everything I can to get better and chase my dream.”
One of only five OSU players to score 40 points in a game, third in school history in 3-pointers, Curry is averaging 15.5 points for Springfield. Curry is third in the league in assists (7.3) and among D-League leaders in 3-point percentage (43.5).
The all-time leading scorer in North Carolina high school history, Curry’s story was widely publicized. He was a high-profile figure in a county-wide sting of nearly 60 teenagers involved in illegal drugs. Curry was arrested for twice selling $45 of marijuana to an undercover officer who posed as a student.
After North Carolina revoked his scholarship offer, Curry months later signed with Oklahoma State. He was a starter on a Sweet 16 team that returned four starters from the 2004 Final Four team.
Curry left after his junior season, was drafted in the second round in 2007 by Chicago but never appeared in a game with the Bulls.
Two years ago, Curry played with a fractured left thumb, an injury he suffered during a summer pickup game while preparing for Bulls training camp.