Despite being the son of Charlotte Hornets legend Dell Curry, Steph Curry knows what it’s like to be overlooked. Offered only a walk-on opportunity at his parents’ alma mater Virginia Tech, the six-foot, 160-pound Steph would go on to play at Davidson – a small school who hadn’t won an NCAA tournament game in over four decades at the time.
Now a household name worldwide after four straight NBA Finals appearances, 2 NBA MVP awards, and a host of NBA records, Curry is paying it forward. In an effort to increase exposure for those high school basketball prospects flying under the radar, Curry has announced the Underrated Tour.
The Underrated Tour is a series of basketball camps designed to highlight underrated high school players – players with a three-star rating or lower. Steph himself was given three stars on the five-star scale.
In a self-penned story that appears on The Players’ Tribune, Curry says the Underrated Tour is “a camp for anyone who just isn’t willing to let the rest of the world write their story.” Rakuten, a Japanese e-commerce and internet firm, is the presenting sponsor of the tour. Curry also signed an endorsement deal to help the brand expand into the U.S.
The Underrated Tour kicks off on January 19 in Los Angeles. The tour will make six stops through the month of March with the Phoenix stop dedicated exclusively to high school girls. Curry will appear at most of the stops during which players will work on fundamentals and receive lessons on NCAA eligibility and other college-related needs. Camp attendees will also get the opportunity to receive some hands-on training from Brandon Payne, Curry’s trainer.
The Underrated Tour is not Curry’s first foray into high school basketball prospects. His SC30 Select Camp is an annual summer showcase for elite athletes and is in its sixth year. Curry was moved to launch the tour after he realized that HS Steph Curry wouldn’t have even been invited to his own SC30 camp.Tags: basketball, NBA, NCAA, Steph Curry, Underrated Tour