Shareef Abdur-Rahim Gets His Degree From Berkeley

by Micah Hart

Back in 1996, Shareef Abdur-Rahim left the University of California after his freshman year to pursue his NBA dreams. He never gave up on his education however, and on Monday the former All-Star big man received his degree in Sociology from Berkeley, with a 3.8 GPA no less.

Congrats ‘Reef. Now that you’ve finished your undergraduate studies, I recommend you and your fellow recent graduate Don Nelson go backpack through Europe this summer. Really take the opportunity to find yourself before you hit the job market, you know?

H/T SB Nation

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  1. Myself says:

    Happy for him, great stuff

  2. Horatio says:

    Congrats to ‘Reef! True legend of the game

  3. Charlie says:

    Congrats Shareef, and go Bears!

  4. Macsimillian says:

    Great news, especially in the wake of many new articles about athletes being bankrupt upon reaching retirement from sports. One thing needs to be pointed out about that: There are NOT more black athletes bankrupt than there are white (I’m positive the number of bankruptcy’s match the ratio of blacks to whites in pro sports).
    Shaquille with a doctorate and now Shareef. . . Congrats!!!

  5. Elmi says:

    Reef, Congrat brother, next thing is insha’allah become a hafit in Quran, may allah make it easy for you,

    Vancouver, BC

  6. Aj says:

    Congratulations, Job well done. You will inspire many to place education over athletic accomplishment.

    Two, three seasons on the court is fine, but an education you can take with you for the rest of your life.

  7. lamac66 says:

    This is why I say it’s so bogus to rail on guys when they want to leave college early to pursue a dream whether experts think they are ready or not. School will always be there but the chance to help secure your family financially is not. Nobody has a problem with golf, tennis, hockey and even baseball players skipping college or leaving early but for some reason everybody wants to blunt or put up roadblocks for basketball players.

    Many players have gone back to get their degrees but you won’t hear many of the stories.

  8. lamac66 says:

    That’s what I’m talking about. This is why I think it is so bogus to argue against college players leaving early for the pros. College will always be there if that’s what one wants but the chance to follow your dreams and secure your family financially is not always there with milions.

    Too bad the media does not want to cover the rest of these stories because many of these people do go back to get a degree. Funny how we never hear an argument about tennis, golf, hockey and even baseball players leaving or skipping college to play pro ball.

    Hats off to you Shareef!