Hoyas have 13th highest graduation rate in NCAA tourney, study says

According to a study released on Monday, Georgetown graduates 82% of its basketball players, clocking in at thirteenth among the 65 teams in the NCAA tournament. The report, released by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, was based upon 2000-01 graduation (six-year) statistics released by the NCAA.

The main fact that jumps out of the study is the disparity between African-American and white basketball player graduation rates, an average of 33% among all the teams (22% for Georgetown). The problem isn’t just among basketball players, though. Dr. Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the study, pointed out. “African-American basketball players graduate at a higher rate than African-American males who are not student-athletes,” he said in the study.  “Too many of our predominantly white campuses are not welcoming places for students of color, whether or not they are athletes.”

Some other notes:

  • The Final Four according to graduation rates would be Butler, Notre Dame, Purdue and Western Kentucky.
  • Among the eight Big East teams in the study, Georgetown ranks fourth after Marquette, Notre Dame and ‘Nova.
  • American University, our D.C. neighbor playing in its first NCAA tourney, has the second worst graduation rate with an abysmal 18%.
  • Among all the 1 and 2 seeds, Georgetown has the second highest graduation rate after UNC, which has a graduation rate of 86%.  (Unfortunately for UNC, Graduation rates don’t win championships;  2007 Elite Eight, anyone?) Tennessee and Texas, clocking in at 33%, are tied for last place.

h/t ESPN.com

6 Comments on “Hoyas have 13th highest graduation rate in NCAA tourney, study says

  1. Something is wrong with this study. They say nothing about how the GSR is calculated, and it has to be off. American University graduates only 18 percent of its basketball players? Compared to 83 percent for its entire student-athlete population? Anyone who goes to AU knows that 18 percent has to be off.

    I’m going to send some e-mails and try to get some answers.

  2. Well, I wonder if this takes into account the players who leave for the NBA before getting their degree. And since high schoolers can’t make the direct jump to the NBA anymore, the best players in college will only be IN college for a short time.

    But of course, I don’t think the NBA is flooded with American U players, so that NBA attrition only takes it so far.

    Way to go Catholic schools, though.

  3. Anyone who leaves for any reason before graduating from the school counts against the graduation rate…so back when Ray Reed left for Cal State-Fullerton (which he currently plays for and is only a few teams away in our bracket) that counted against Gtown for not graduating a player within 6 years….same goes for Marc Egerson and a lot of other ppl who decided to just play basketball elsewhere

    the way the calculate those rates are pretty funky, and they come out with essentially the same stats every year and call it news

  4. what years did michael graham play for georgetown hoyas he was a 6’10 power forward and i know he play with patrick ewing on the 1984 championship team.

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