Three years after being picked sixth overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2012 NBA Draft, All-Star point guard Damian Lillard graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Per Ananth Pandian of CBS Sports, Lillard also spoke at the ceremony.
Lillard can now be happy because in spite of his team being eliminated in the first round of this year’s NBA playoffs, he has kept his promise to his mother and graduated, now holding a degree in Professional Studies. When he spoke, he thanked Weber State for helping him complete his degree while he began his NBA career.
“As I finished my junior year and opted to enter the NBA Draft early, I knew it would be hard to accomplish the goal I had set. I’m so thankful that WSU and its faculty were able to work with me and help guide me along the way to graduation. “It has always been my goal to complete my degree … Receiving my degree will be an extremely proud moment for me and my family. It’s one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.”
In four seasons with the Wildcats, Lillard posted 18.6 points and 3.5 assists per game while making 44.6 percent of his field goal attempts. Though he never played in an NCAA tournament, he still managed to impress enough scouts to be picked where he was in his draft class.
In three NBA seasons, Lillard has not missed a game and has averaged 20.2 points and 6.1 assists per contest, making 43 percent of his attempts from the field as well as 37 percent of his threes. He was named Rookie of the Year in his inaugural season and on top of all of his accomplishments, he can now add college graduation to his ever-growing list.
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