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Byron Scott gets college degree 37 years after leaving Arizona State

Decades after the start of his successful NBA career began with the Los Angeles Lakers, Byron Scott returned to Arizona State University and earned his bachelor’s degree.

The three-time NBA champion delivered the news via Twitter over the weekend.

“Now I can really say that I’m proud to be a ‘Sun Devil!’ ” Scott tweeted. “After 37 years I went back to college & finally got my Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies! It’s never too late!”

Byron Scott, 59, averaged 14.1 points in 1,073 regular-season games in his NBA career, which started in 1983 with the Lakers and ended with the Lakers in 1997. He also suited up for the Indiana Pacers and Vancouver Grizzlies. The San Diego Clippers selected Scott with the fourth pick in the 1983 Draft, and he was traded to the Lakers.

Byron Scott returns to school

In a Facebook post, Byron Scott elaborated on the experience of going back to school.

“As a student in my junior year at Arizona State University, I was drafted into the @nba before I could graduate in 1983,” Scott wrote. “Today…37 years later, I can once again say that I accomplished another major goal. For the past year and a half I have been in school. I went back to ASU and received my Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies. I have always been a Sun Devil but TODAY I have never been more proud to say ‘I am a Sun Devil!’ Thank you to my college counselor Jessica Richardson and to the @arizonastateuniversity staff. Due to the pandemic, my graduation was postponed, but I’m looking forward to walking in December. Forks Up!!!”

Coaching career

After his playing days, Byron Scott coached the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. He last coached Los Angeles in 2016.

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