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  • (upbeat music)

  • (audience cheers)

  • (upbeat music)

  • - What's up Wildcats, whoo!

  • (audience cheers)

  • Thank you guys for coming out!

  • My name is Steve Rossiter.

  • I'm class of 2010.

  • You might know me as the weird alum

  • that's been in a few too many spring fall weekends.

  • But I was also had the privilege and honor

  • of playing for Coach McKillop

  • and playing on the Davidson team,

  • and on the Elite Eight team.

  • And had the honor of setting a lot of screens for Steph.

  • (audience laughs)

  • Before we get started with the great show,

  • I'm gonna read a quick advertisement slash announcement.

  • To accommodate this event,

  • which they generously did,

  • a previously scheduled event,

  • The Be the Match Typing Drive,

  • it's upstairs.

  • A student-led service organization

  • that adds Davidson community members

  • to the Be The Match registry.

  • This is one sentence, by the way.

  • (audience laughs)

  • Which pairs blood cancer patients

  • with life saving donors,

  • will be held in the 900 room following Stephen's Q and A.

  • I hope you guys will support this cause.

  • (audience cheers)

  • And I heard Riley might be there,

  • but I'm not sure.

  • (audience cheers)

  • So let's see what happens.

  • I heard, I heard.

  • Alright now before we bring out the special guest,

  • I want to bring out the man

  • who's responsible for all of this.

  • The man synonymous with Davidson basketball.

  • Thank you guys.

  • You guys can sit if you want.

  • (audience laughs)

  • But, but, but hold on.

  • I read the Tweets.

  • I read the Yik Yaks,

  • which you guys are kinda weird actually.

  • (audience laughs)

  • Alright but what I want you to do now

  • is get on your feet once again please.

  • I want you to make some noise for the man,

  • the silver fox,

  • Coach Bob McKillop!

  • (audience cheers)

  • Whoo!

  • Thank you, thank you.

  • (audience cheers)

  • Alright.

  • Now why I think you guys

  • all started lining up up 7:30.

  • I think he's here.

  • He might still be in the shower over at Baker.

  • But let's see if he's back there.

  • But can we make some noise.

  • Can we get a little clap going

  • for our man Steph Curry!

  • (audience cheers)

  • (upbeat music)

  • - [Audience] MVP!

  • MVP!

  • MVP!

  • MVP!

  • (audience cheers)

  • - Oh thank you very much.

  • This is a very surreal moment

  • to be back on Davidson's campus where it all started.

  • So thank you all for coming out.

  • For being a part of this special day.

  • I haven't back in I think a couple years.

  • So I wanted to bring some company with me.

  • (audience cheers)

  • When I stepped foot on campus in 2006,

  • I never would've imagined this day happening.

  • So thank you very much

  • and let's have a special time here today.

  • Appreciate it.

  • (audience cheers)

  • - Alright thank you guys so much for that intro.

  • We're gonna start it off.

  • It's going to be a little structured at first.

  • We're gonna ask some questions

  • that hopefully appeal to you guys.

  • And then we're gonna open it up to some Q and A.

  • So maybe try to think of a couple good ones.

  • Alright?

  • So Steph he just kinda touched on this.

  • But first time back.

  • I think you told me the other day in two years about,

  • what were the emotions that came to you right away?

  • - Um I drove on Griffith Street coming up

  • and turned the corner.

  • The first thing is all the new buildings.

  • (audience laughs)

  • That caught me off guard.

  • I walked by Thomason and saw the new buildings down there.

  • And coming around the back,

  • then you kind of settle in

  • and everything is pretty much the same.

  • The same field you see.

  • You know students going to class.

  • You have that same kind of odd look in their eye

  • that I had back when I was here.

  • So everything kind of comes back home.

  • It's just special to be back on campus.

  • There's no place like Davidson.

  • And I try to explain that to everybody

  • I come in contact with when they ask me,

  • where did you go to school?

  • When you try and put it into words

  • what this place means,

  • I do my best.

  • But whenever you step foot on campus

  • after a long, long hiatus away,

  • it all comes back.

  • So it's just special.

  • - Great, I'm sure we all feel the same way.

  • We come back from summer vacation,

  • you feel good,

  • you feel ready to go so.

  • (audience laughs)

  • - I'm just glad I didn't have any books.

  • For right now,

  • I still got some work to do.

  • (audience laughs)

  • - Cool, well that's great.

  • So you had an incredible year.

  • We all know what you did.

  • But I want to take it all the way back

  • to your very first workout, Fall 2006.

  • I'm gonna ask Coach to talk about it.

  • First workout on campus,

  • maybe a week into school.

  • - It was the first week of September

  • and I forgot the workout time,

  • but it might've been 3, 3:30 and there's no Steph.

  • (audience laughs)

  • And all of the sudden out the corner of my eye,

  • I see him come out of the locker room

  • and we had already begun part of the workout.

  • And Stephen starts to loosen up on the side.

  • I said yeah keep loosening up Steph.

  • (audience laughs)

  • And he then proceeded to come on to the court

  • and said Coach I'm ready.

  • And I said,

  • you're out of here.

  • Get in the locker room.

  • So I threw him out of his first practice.

  • (audience laughs)

  • - It didn't get much better from there.

  • (audience laughs)

  • My second practice I was a freshman

  • and I think he had some huge faith in me.

  • So he put me with all the seniors at the time.

  • Or the juniors at the time.

  • It was Jason Richards,

  • Boris Meno,

  • Thomas Sander.

  • And I'm a little scrawny freshman coming on,

  • I don't really know what college workouts really like.

  • And my first individual.

  • And about halfway through,

  • coach has a white towel that he has in his back pocket.

  • And I'm like huffing and puffing.

  • I got that look like

  • I don't know how much more I got left in the tank.

  • And he waves the white towel in my face like,

  • you want to surrender don't you?

  • (audience laughs)

  • You want to surrender don't you?

  • Go ahead and surrender.

  • Take the towel surrender, go ahead.

  • And I tried to dig deep as much as I could

  • to finish the workout.

  • I wasn't going to let him get the best of me there,

  • but that kind of motivation and that drive

  • is what makes him special.

  • Doesn't let anybody off the hook.

  • - It took about three weeks

  • for him to prove to me

  • that he was going to be a star.

  • We had an alumni function in Charlotte

  • where a lot of fans and a lof of alums and boosters came.

  • It was a luncheon and I stood up in front of that luncheon

  • and was asked questions about

  • what kind of year we are going to have.

  • We just graduated seven seniors.

  • And I said we're gonna be pretty good,

  • and we got a really special player

  • that's gonna go down in history

  • as the greatest ever to play the game at Davidson College,

  • Steph Curry.

  • (audience cheers)

  • - I wouldn't mind if one of these guys

  • would break some records too.

  • So y'all can make that happen too.

  • (audience laughs)

  • - Great yeah so we started off at the low

  • missing the first workout,

  • to the greatest Wildcat ever.

  • Let's take it back down again.

  • (audience laughs)

  • We're gonna go back

  • to Steph's first ever collegiate game,

  • which you played out of Michigan

  • in an open season tournament.

  • Coach if you want to talk about that.

  • - Well Stephen had caught our eye

  • for quite a few summers before that.

  • And we were recruiting him in the summer prior

  • to his senior year.

  • We're in Las Vegas and watching him play

  • in this AAU tournament and he was awful.

  • (audience laughs)

  • He had eight turnovers.

  • But yet we noticed

  • he never stopped playing defense.

  • He never stopped running the court.

  • He never stopped listening to his coach.

  • He never stopped cheering his teammates on.

  • He never complained to the officials.

  • No change in his demeanor whatsoever.

  • Fast forward to his first game in a Davidson uniform.

  • Played Eastern Michigan in the Michigan tournament.

  • He had nine turnovers in the first half.

  • (audience laughs)

  • We're down 16 points.

  • Our coaching staff got together before

  • we went to the locker room at halftime.

  • Do we take Steph out of the lineup?

  • Do we not take him out of the lineup?

  • Hey remember Las Vegas a year ago?

  • He's not going to stop playing.

  • He lives in the moment.

  • He's going to keep playing.

  • Let's keep him in the lineup.

  • We wind up winning the game.

  • And Steph finished with a double double.

  • 15 points and 13 turnovers.

  • (audience laughs)

  • - It can only get better from there.

  • You set the bar real low.

  • - And he's right.

  • Next night he dropped 32 on Michigan.

  • (audience cheers)

  • - Alright so let's talk about

  • maybe one of the strangest games

  • that any of us have been a part of.

  • It was your final season at Davidson a junior.

  • The fall of 2008.

  • We were playing Loyola of Maryland at home.

  • It's a game we won by 30 points.

  • But instantly became national news for a brief time.

  • But coach you want to open up the story behind that?

  • - Steph was the leading scorer in the nation at that point.

  • And for whatever reason,

  • the coach of Loyola