By Ken Reed

The overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for male basketball players in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament increased in 2013 to 70 percent from 67 percent last year.

At a more detailed level, the report found the GSR for African-American players rose from 59 to 65 percent from 2012 to 2013.  For White players, the GSR increased slightly from 88 percent to 90 percent.

“While all that sounds good, it still leaves the enormous gap between White and African-American basketball players,” Dr. Richard Lapchick, founder and
 director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics In Sport at the University of Central Florida said of the 25 percent gap that exists between the GSR for White and African-American basketball players on the tournament teams.

While the gap is three percent lower than it was last year at 28 percent, “that’s still a huge issue,” Lapchick said.

Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans


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