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.