Graduation Date

Fall 12-16-2019

Grading Professor

Matt Gagne

Subject Concentration

Arts & Culture

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sports and Academics have long been linked. If an athlete's grades aren’t up to par they can’t play, but when an athlete practices in the morning and at night, travels for games, how much learning can they actually do? There are cases however when an athlete uses sports as their ticket for higher education because their grades wouldn’t cut it. 16-year-old Deon McLaughlin is one of those students. For all his success on the court he’s battled with maintaining his school’s rigid academic standards. As good as he is, he knows the NBA isn’t a possibility, for him basketball is the only way he can attend a four-year school.



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