Atlanta Hawks reserve shooter Kent Bazemore loves his alma mater Old Dominion, so much so that he decided to give a little back to the university. Bazemore’s gift also happened to be the largest ever given by a former athlete in school history.
Terms of the donation were not disclosed, but what we do know is that Bazemore’s contribution will help fund a new practice facility for the basketball team.
Bazemore was nothing but appreciative of ODU when asked about his gift as he spoke to Ed Miller of The Virginian-Pilot.
“Being able to be give back to ODU, the place where I was able to grow as a basketball player and person, was always a priority of mine since I made the NBA,” Bazemore said in a news release. “I’m thankful for everything ODU has done for me while I was there and since I graduated. This practice facility will put us in position to attract elite players and win championships moving forward. Being able to have my name within the practice facility is truly a dream come true!”
Bazemore spent four seasons with the Monarchs, averaging 10.1 points per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. He went undrafted in 2012 before signing with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent, and now plays for the Atlanta Hawks, having signed a two-year deal with them back in September.
This season, he posted 5.2 points while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from long range over 17.7 minutes per game.
Which makes his contribution all the more interesting. Bazemore’s current contract with the Hawks is only worth $2 million a year. That’s not peanuts by any stretch of the imagination but when you consider that LeBron James makes just south of $21 million a season, it kind of puts Bazemore’s salary in persepective.
Thus, unless Bazemore has a thick stock portfolio that we don’t know about, one can’t help but wonder just how much Old Dominion is making per year off of contributions from athletes, especially given his salary!
Just the same, it’s great to see Bazemore showing such gratitude to his alma mater and continuing the tradition of paying it forward.
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