The NCAA prevented what would have been an all-time great 3-point contest from happening.
Stephen Curry finished his collegiate career at Davidson with 414 3-pointers made in three seasons, good for eighth in the record book. If he would have exhausted his eligibility, he likely would be the greatest shooter in NCAA history.
Nik Stauskas ended his two-year stint at Michigan with 172 3-pointers made, a number nowhere near as impressive as Curry’s, but still, extremely good.
The NBA’s best shooter and one of the Wolverine’s most potent scorers wanted to compete in a 3-point challenge last summer. But the NCAA didn’t allow it.
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) May 16, 2014
It started, according to Stauskas, last July.
“He challenged me. We tried to do it and the NCAA had some restrictions with playing against a professional and having a competition,” Stauskas told the Detroit Free-Press today at the NBA Combine. “It couldn’t happen, so hopefully we can still make that happen one day.”
The competition was to take place at Stauskas’ Mississauga, Ontario, home. He has a court in his backyard, on which Stauskas made 46 3-pointers in a row.
That video, tweeted out by Stauskas, caught the Golden State Warriors star player’s attention. Curry retweeted the video and challenged the former Wolverine to a competition.
“He challenged me to a three-point contest on Twitter and I said sure,” Stauskas said.
Curry’s people got in touch with Stauskas and the planning began. TSN, Canada’s version of ESPN, was to televise the event.
“His people set a date for mid-July that they wanted to do it and of course I checked with Tom Wywrot our (Michigan) media guy and of course there was some NCAA violations and all of that stuff, so we couldn’t do it. Me and Steph, in the backyard,” Stauskas said.
If it would have occurred, who would have won?
“He’s not beating me in my backyard,” Stauskas said. “That’s not going to happen.”
Perhaps next winter, with Stauskas and Curry both in the NBA, the two can face off in the league’s 3-point contest during All-Star Weekend.