T.J. Ford: From Basketball Star to Graduate
14 years after leading the Longhorns to the Final Four, former University of Texas basketball star T.J. Ford added another accomplishment to his long list of success, earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas.
Ford was a standout Longhorn for two seasons (2001-03) and was a winner of both the Wooden Award and Naismith Award in 2003. He then declared early for the NBA draft and was the eighth overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. The point guard, now 34 years old, played eight seasons in the NBA.
Ford returned to the university about two years ago to start working toward completing his degree, following the abrupt end to his NBA career due to a neck injury. He walked at Friday's graduation, earning a degree in applied learning and development: youth and community studies with a minor in educational psychology.
The entire Horns Illustrated staff would like to congratulate T.J Ford on this big accomplishment. Hook'Em, T.J.!