When we learned that Ekpe Udoh, the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, had decided to return to college AND keep playing in the NBA, we definitely wanted to learn more. Isn't the NBA the ultimate dream? Why would you still need to go to school? We recently had a chance to ask Ekpe a few questions to find out why someone already making millions is looking to get schooled.
Q: Now that you are in the NBA, why is it important for you to go back and finish your degree?
A: It is important because, I will have a career after basketball and it is my job to prepare myself for life after basketball. Education is the key to creating opportunities for myself in life after basketball.
Q: What is your strategy for balancing school with your busy schedule?
A: It was definitely tough. I’d focus on going to class in the mornings coming home finishing my homework than going to the gym at night to get in my basketball workouts.
Q: When you aren't on the court how do you spend your time?
A: Relaxing with friends and family, laughing, movies. I like hanging with my teammates and traveling.
Q: What is your biggest motivator?
A: My family is my biggest motivator, I like to be able to provide for them and make sure their needs are met.
Q: If you could tell your 14 year-old self one thing, what would it be?
A: Talent alone doesn’t equal success: Talent and hard work are the keys to success.
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