Many of you are watching the NBA finals and truthfully I haven’t followed them too closely since the Utah Jazz were eliminated but my husband keeps me up to speed because I do love the game. As a young teenager I loved Michael Jordan and the Bulls…they were my team and he was my hero. So, did my hero go to college? Many players in the NBA have started their careers in college only to be drafted into the NBA, but who has completed their college degrees? Who has continued on past their Bachelor’s degree? Let’s take a look.
Michael Jordan attended North Carolina University at Chapel Hill in 1981 where he majored in cultural geography. In 1984 he left North Carolina just one year shy of his graduation for the NBA draft. He later went back and completed his degree in 1986.
Shaq attended Louisianna State University but in 1992 as a junior he left the university and turned pro. He had promised his mother than he would finished his degree and he graduated with his Bachelors degree in business in 2000. In 2005 Shaq completed his MBA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and said,
Sports for me has always been, you know, fairy tale life. And this right here is real life… This right here means more.
At the age of 14 and still in junior high, Lisa Leslie had more than 100 college recruiting letters. She attended the University of Southern California from 1990-1994 and received her Bachelor’s degree in communications. She later went on to receive her Master’s from the University of Phoenix in business administration.
Emeka Okafor attended the University of Connecticut from 2001-04. He majored in finance and graduated with honors with a GPA of 3.8 in just 3 years. In 2004 he was named Academic-All-American for his performance on and off the court.