10% Of Ohio State Basketball Players Received Degrees

Monday, March 12th 2007, 9:55 am
By: News On 6

UNDATED (AP) _ Ohio State enters the NCAA basketball tournament as the nation's top-ranked team. Its ranking among schools who graduate their basketball players is apparently at the other end of the scale.

A study that examined the freshman classes entering from 1996 through 1999 shows that just 10 percent of Ohio State's basketball players received degrees at the school.

Richard Lapchick is the director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports. He says 38 percent of Buckeyes basketball players earned degrees during that period when taking into account players who transfer, enter from junior colleges and are graduated late.

Lapchick says of the top four seeds in the tournament, Florida and North Carolina have really good graduation rates while Kansas and Ohio State do not.

Davidson is among the schools with a high rate of graduation. The study placed the school's total at 75 percent.