Plenty of past and present NBA players hold college degrees. Check out this list of knowledgeable players who chose the court over their academic achievements.
1. Jamaal Wilkes
Starting forward NBA player Jamaal Wilkes earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1974.
Wilkes started out his NBA career drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1974 NBA Draft. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1975. And remained with the Warriors through the 1976-77 season, going to the Los Angeles Lakers from 1977 through the 1984-85 season. In 1985, he joined the Los Angeles Clippers. During his time in the NBA, Wilkes was a four-time NBA champion and three-time all-star.
After his NBA career, Jamaal Wilkes spent seven years as a real estate and mortgage consultant. In 2003, he formed the Jamaal Wilkes Financial Advisors, LLC, an organization that provides consultation services for those struggling personally with their finances.
2. Michael Jordan
In addition to his star NBA career, Michael Jordan has a bachelors degree in geography that he earned in 1985 from the University of North Carolina. In 1982, he was named ACC Freshman Player of the Year for his basketball achievements. And during his junior year, he played on the US Olympic team, winning the gold medal.
It was also during his junior year when Jordan was chosen by the Chicago Bulls during the 1984 NBA Draft. He played for the Bulls from 1984 to 1993, then again from 1995 to 1998. He later played for the Washington Wizards from 2001 to 2003.
After retiring from basketball upon his father’s death, Jordan chose to participate in minor league baseball as an outfielder for the Birmingham Barons for one year.