Stephen Curry strolled in late for an interview at the Davidson College newspaper last month, a look of disinterest on his face. With an iPod earbud attached to one ear, the Warriors point guard sent text messages as he answered questions and even interrupted the interview to take a call.

Then, suddenly, Curry burst into laughter, his attempt at playing the part of a bigheaded sports star gone awry.

"Steph tried to punk us," said Andrew Barna, co-sports editor of The Davidsonian. "But he could only last three minutes because he is such a nice and down-to-earth guy."

Clearly, Curry is right where he belongs. He could be playing overseas, earning back some of the money he is losing during the NBA lockout. He could be using this time to hang out, travel, or play video games. Instead, Curry, 23, is back on his old stamping grounds at Davidson, finishing up a degree in sociology.

"It's about finishing what I started," Curry said.

Going back to school may sound noble considering the pampered, diva label often affixed to NBA players. But in Curry's world, such a decision was "not a big deal." And that probably explains why transitioning back into school has been as smooth as his jump shot.

"I was excited, but I really wasn't surprised," said Curry's mom, Sonya. "It's a big deal to get a Davidson degree. And that's the expectation that (Davidson) Coach Bob McKillop set -- that his players graduate. I didn't want my baby being the only one who didn't."

The lockout has afforded Curry a rare opportunity to knock out a bulk of classes at Davidson, which is in Charlotte, N.C. So instead of signing to play internationally, where he could make money and expand his fame globally, Curry is back on the scholastic grind.