Duke Basketball: Will Seth Curry Finally Flourish as a Duke Senior?

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2012

DURHAM, NC - MARCH 03:  Seth Curry #30 of the Duke Blue Devils drives to the basket on James Michael McAdoo #43 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Seth Curry transferred to Duke after having an outstanding freshman season at Liberty University.

Curry was the highest scoring freshman in the country (20.2 ppg) and was selected as the Big South Conference Freshman of the Year.

Even though the level of competition that he faced at Liberty was not anywhere close to what he would encounter in the ACC, most people thought Curry would thrive at Duke.

After all, he is the younger brother of Stephen Curry, one of the great shooters and scorers in recent college hoops history, right?

However, Seth Curry's two years in Durham have been somewhat tame and unexciting. Not bad, just kind of boring.

As a redshirt sophomore, the 6'2" guard from Charlotte was the Blue Devils' fourth offensive option behind Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler and (for part of the year) Kyrie Irving.

Curry averaged a decent 9 points per game and connected on 43.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. Good, but not anything to write home about.

Last year, as a junior, Curry moved up to being the Blue Devils' No. 2 scorer (13.2 ppg, second Austin Rivers), and also added  2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Nice, but nothing too special.

Curry's game actually fell off at the end of the 2011-12 season.

In Duke's last four games, of which they lost three, Curry shot a dismal 24.3 percent from the field (10-for-41), scoring in single digits in two of those contests.

Fast forward to the upcoming season and Curry is one of Duke's three rising seniors (with Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee). All three of these players have proven themselves as skilled offensive threats, capable of going off at any time.

The Blue Devils will have a good mix of talent and experience as they head into the 2012-13 season.

With the emergence of Quinn Cook as the team's floor general, the addition of redshirts Marshall Plumlee and Alex Murphy, and the arrival of two dynamic freshmen (Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson), Curry should be able to focus more on what he does best: shoot the ball.

If he can find a little bit of nasty to mix into his game, and get back to hitting over 40 percent of his shots from beyond the arc, Seth Curry will have the kind of senior season that will drive Duke forward and help the Blue Devils make a deep run in the 2013 tournament.

If he does little more than what he has already done in his first two years at Duke, Curry will play out his collegiate career without any major catastrophes but also with very few major accomplishments.

Prediction: Curry will find his rhythm and deliver a distinctive senior season.