Sunday , Feb , 15 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Danny Granger Initially Planned to Attend Yale


Senior wanted Junior to have the best education. If not for his prodigious basketball ability, Granger likely would have a civil engineering degree from Yale University right now.

Instead, this morning the Indiana Pacers fourth-year forward awoke in Phoenix, preparing for his first All-Star Game.

"It’s crazy, huh?" Granger, 25, said recently. "I think about (attending Yale) sometimes. But look where I’m at and how I got here. It probably won’t really hit me until I’m standing out there in front of all those people right before they announce my name during introductions (tonight)."

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009902150413

Now there’s something I didn’t know.  As familiar as I am with Danny Granger’s game, I have to admit that I didn’t know the first thing about his academic background.  It’s comforting to know that, in Granger, Mayo, Roy, Oden and others, we have a generation of intelligent players set to become the league’s next generation of superstars.