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Interesting story from ESPN.com about Emmanuel Igbinosa (above, middle), one of Stanford’s unsung heroes last night.
I noted yesterday during the Stanford game thread that I didn’t remember the senior guard being much of a player and was shocked at the way he scored 12 unexpected points. Before the game, he averaged 1.3 points in 21 games.
Well it turns out Igbinosa is a Management Science & Engineering major who normally doesn’t play on Thursdays so he can attend a class required for him to graduate.
I love that. Who says the student-athlete has gone away? Apparently, not at Stanford.
Igbinosa told ESPN.com: “Since January I’ve had a required class I had to take to graduate with the rest of my class, it’s a combination psych class and senior seminar for my major, which is Management Science & Engineering. They only offer them once a week and I can’t miss them so I can’t play in Thursday games, but I told them well in advance I wanted to play in the Pac-10 tournament, so I made an arrangement and did my course earlier so I could get out.”
Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins added: “He has one of the most unusual situations of any basketball player in the country where his coach will allow him to miss several practices during the week and play him on the weekends. But there’s a reason for that, and I think he showed it tonight with how valuable he is.”
Great story. Almost makes you want to root for Stanford.
March 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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