You could call it swagger. Or maybe it’s better described as a killer impulse, a desire to knock down the big shot every time you touch the ball. Curtis Staples knows exactly what you’re talking about.
“I would classify it as just confidence,” Staples said. “It’s something you know you have when you know you are a good shooter.”
UVa’s Curtis Staples made 413 career 3-pointers.
Staples had that confidence when he played for the Cavaliers from 1994 to 1998. A legendary sharpshooter, Staples led the nation in 3-point field goals per game (4.3) and set a school record with his 130 treys on the season his senior year. For the second time in his career, he knocked down nine 3-pointers in a single game (a 105-86 loss to Georgia Tech).
He launched 1,079 shots from behind the arc during his playing career at Virginia and drained 413 of them, good enough for the NCAA Division I record for 3-pointers made.
The record won’t be his for much longer though. Duke’s J.J. Redick has increased his total to 412 3-pointers and will almost certainly reach and pass Staples mark tonight in Durham against Wake Forest. As proud as Staples is of his record, he says he is happy to see a talent like Redick be the one to best his mark
“I’m glad to see that somebody like J.J. is breaking the record,” Staples said. “He is a very significant college basketball player and somebody that people will never forget. I have no problem seeing him breaking it.”
Like any normal college basketball fan, Staples has watched Redick tear up the ACC this season. His connections with the Duke star run deeper than that of the average fan, however. Staples coached the fellow Roanoke native at a local basketball camp when Redick was only in eighth grade. Then a freshman at Virginia, Staples could already see some promise in the middle schooler, especially when it came...
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