I subscribe to SI because somehow their people unearth that nugget of information that makes me think, “Really?” And this revelation about Kemba Walker produced a really big “Really?”
Walker took schoolwork with him throughout the Big East and NCAA tournaments, completing short required papers while postponing tests until after the season. He met with his campus tutor on Skype. And in his travel pack is a copy of New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden’s Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete, a book that (UConn academic counselor Felicia) Crump encouraged Walker to read as part of an independent study class on racism in sports. Before the Final Four, Crump suggested that Rhoden’s book would be the first that Walker had ever made it through cover-to-cover. After the win over Kentucky, Walker confirmed this. “That’s true,” he said. “You can write that. It is the first book I’ve ever read.”
Everyone who follows UConn admires Walker for the season he had, and for his effort to graduate in three years.
But I’m wondering how you graduate from college (in three years no less) having read one book in your life.
And I’m hoping Kemba’s quote reflects pride in that he actually finally read a book from cover to cover. And that he plans to read another one.
Because if he’s proud to have never read a book…