Jalen Rose: "Uncle Toms" at Duke
Jalen Rose said he felt like all the black players at Duke were "Uncle Toms." (His words, folks).
My response, on the radio yesterday.
By the way, some facts:
Duke tuition + room/board: $52,000 6,400 Undergrads
Basketball team graduation rate: 90%
Michigan tuition + room/board: out of state $49,000 (in state: $21,000)
African American 5.8%
Basketball team graduation rate: 44%
SNAP! Duke has far more African-American students, as a proportion of the student body. Tuition/costs are roughly the same. And Duke recruits students who have some chance of graduating. Michigan recruits some guys like Jalen Rose, who left early and had a fine NBA career. But they also recruit a lot of guys who take fake classes and are simply exploited as basketball cannon fodder. So, yes, it may be true that Duke recruits a different sort of player, the sort who has a chance of graduating with a degree. But I think it's more likely that Duke players are told they MUST focus on graduating, and that they have to work. Michigan players can just hope to have a career shooting off their mouths...like Jalen Rose.
I think Duke wins... AGAIN. Gosh it sucks to be you, Jalen!
(To be fair, the fab Five were equal opportunity losers. UNC kicked their ass for the 1993 championship, after Chris Webber did some sort of "travelling / call time out we don't have" dance move at mid-court. So it wasn't like the Fab Five only lost to Duke. Some video, to help you remember.)