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Arne Duncan: A former NCAA baller (Throwback Thursday)

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For those of you mourning the end of another spirited NCAA tournament, let’s take a walk down college basketball memory lane with this photo of one of Washington’s very own ballers, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The Academic All-American played on Harvard’s varsity basketball team on and off from 1983-1987. He led the Crimson as co-captain and as the lead scorer, averaging 16.9 points per game, his senior season.

The team made no trips to the NCAA tournament during that period, but winning isn’t everything. The secretary still called his Harvard basketball days “an amazing, transformative life experience.”

One thing the secretary did want to do that the current Crimson team has done again and again over the last four years:

“They won an Ivy League championship, something I desperately wanted to do and never got it done,” said Duncan in an interview with the university.

He went on anyway to play for four years in Australia’s National Basketball League. And these days he’s dominating the court at the annual NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and as a member of the unofficial West Wing basketball posse.





JulieAnn McKellogg is the video producer for The Reliable Source.



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