John Wall pursues degree during lockout

Amid the NBA lockout, many players are pursuing options overseas, but John Wall of the Washington Wizards plans to explore his options intellectually with his time off from the NBA by returning to college to finish his degree.

The Kentucky Wildcat spent one year in college finishing two full semesters and two summers before he was drafted to the NBA, Washington-Post reports.

While playing an exhibition game in Kentucky with other Wildcat notables including Rajon Rondo and Keith Bogans, in which they lost 106-88 against former coach John Calipari and his Dominican Republic national team, Wall expressed his ambition of returning to finish his degree.

“I’m trying to see if I can take some classes on campus, and if the lockout ends I can finish online,” said Wall in an interview with the Associated Press. “I wanted to be the first person in my family to get a college degree, although I’m probably going to be the second one now. My sister [Cierra] is going to be a sophomore, so she’s ahead of me. Nobody had an opportunity to go to college in my family.”

Wall, who plans to receive a degree in Business Management, is not the first to express the longing for a college degree. Former teammates Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins also have expressed there admiration for returning to school.

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