NBA Sons ‘Making It’ in the NCAA! [Photo]
The sons of NBA greats like Knicks’ Anthony Mason, Dell Curry, Tim Hardaway, Glenn Robinson, Hershey Hawkins, and Juwan Howard are making a name for themselves in the NCAA! These young talents have huge shoes to fill, carry some of the skills, and all show similar tenacity!
“I was sensitive to the pressures that a kid would feel when your dad’s an NBA player,” Niagara coach Joe Mihalich said. “I said to his dad, ‘Listen, I’m trying hard not to compare him to you. I don’t want him to feel that pressure.’ His dad was cool. He was like, ‘Nah, go ahead, you can do that.’ And it was a good thing to do because it does help young Mase respond. It motivates him.” – yahoo
Antoine Mason, Niagara: Antoine is a 6-foot-3 sophomore who is averaging a team-high 18.9 points per game for the Niagara Purple Eagles, located in North NY near the Niagara Falls! He has averaged double figures for 31 straight games, and has sit out the last four games for an ankle injury! He goes by the same nickname “Mase” and dons the same No. 15 his father Anthony wore for the NY Knicks!
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon put it simply after Curry scored 25 against his Terrapins earlier this month: “Seth Curry is a winner and he makes big shots.”
Seth Curry, Duke: Seth is a 6-foot-2 senior for the Duke Blue Devils; he averages 17.7 points per game, and shoots lights out from three at a 44% clip! His father, Dell, was known for his tre in the 16 seasons he played in the late 80’s, and older brother, Stephen, who played at small Davidson College is making a name for himself on the Golden State Warriors, hitting three’s at will; in fact Steph just hit 54 points (on 11 of 13 three-point shooting) at MSG no less!
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan: Tim Jr. is a 6-foot-6 junior guard who plays for the same team as his dad, the Michigan Wolverines! His dad was known as one of the creators of the cross-over, and junior has a couple moves of his own! He is second on the team in scoring, and shoots lights out from three shooting at a 40% clip! Tim Jr. is one of Michigan’s top defenders, and has hit double figures in 20 of 26 games played this season! He scored his 1,000 point this season!
“One thing he always told me is be able to get into the lane and finish around the bigs,” Corey Hawkins said. “… Not being that tall, you have to find ways to finish in the paint. He helped me a lot with that.”
Corey Hawkins, UC Davis: Corey is a 6-foot-3 sophomore who transferred over late from Arizona State! He is outstanding averaging 5.7 rebounds per game to go along with 20.5 points per game; shooting 47% from the field and 40% from behind the arc! Corey went to the same high school, Bradley, as his father, and left with 3,008 career points, seventh in Division I ball! In his senior year, Corey scored 63 points in one game, and averaged an amazing 36.3 points per game; he can flat out score!
“A lot of people know I like to cut to the basket,” Robinson said. “They kind of sag off me and those open shots weren’t there, but I’ve got to keep adjusting to that and keep working on it at practice.”
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan: Glenn III is a 6-foot-6 freshman forward for the Michigan Wolverines! His father “Big Dog” was well known in the NBA in the early 1990’s, an All-Star, and a Purdue All-American! Glenn III is still working his numbers up, but has averaged 11 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and shooting lights out at 57%!
Juwan Howard, Jr., Detroit: Juwan Jr. is a 6-foot-6 sophomore who is the son of former Michigan “Fab Five” member Juwan Howard! His father also played in the NBA for almost two decades! Juwan Jr. transferred from Western Michigan last season and missed out on the NCAA tournament! He has played in every game this season, averaging nine points and 3.6 rebounds per game! Juwan Jr. is consistent from the line, 82%, and shooting three’s at a high percentage (39%)!