The NCAA released graduation success rate data Thursday and the UConn men’s basketball team recorded an 11 percent, the worst mark among all men’s basketball teams in BCS conferences.
The national average was 74 percent, an all-time high in the sport.
The latest GSR data, which does not affect postseason eligibility, reflects the percentage of student-athletes that enrolled between 2002-05 and earned a degree within six years.
In that span, four players — Charlie Villanueva, Marcus Williams, Josh Boone and Rudy Gay — left early for the NBA Draft. UConn also had four transfers (Rob Garrison, Marcus White, Marcus Johnson and Antonio Kellogg). According to the NCAA, institutions are not penalized for students who leave, either for the NBA draft or another school, in good academic standing.
Even with the departures, an 11 percent graduation rate — far worse than any other Big East school (Pittsburgh posted a 54) — is unfathomably low. Florida, which graduated 17 percent of its scholarship players, was the only other BCS school remotely close to UConn.
“While we are disappointed with any low score in a measurement of academic success, the UConn men’s basketball team should not be defined academically by the policies governing the support of our student-athletes seven to ten years ago,” said UConn athletic director Warde Manuel. “Significant changes have been made in the last two years in that support and I am confident that the men’s basketball team will continue to produce the academic results that we expect from all UConn student-athletes.”
UConn posted a 978 academic progress rating (APR) for the 2010-11 year, and a team spokesperson said in a press release that the school expects a similar mark for the 2011-12 academic season. The Huskies, ineligible for the 2013 postseason due to the subpar marks, will almost certainly qualify in 2014.