Former College Basketball Player Gets Degree with Assists from Coach and NCAA — Yes, the NCAA

Former College Basketball Player Gets Degree with Assists from Coach and NCAA — Yes, the NCAA

 Columnist — January 14

On Dec. 21, Thomas Treadwell graduated from college. With friends and family watching, he proudly walked across the stage on the floor of Bender Arena and received his degree in liberal studies from American University.

"I couldn't get excited," he said this past week, "until I'd been handed my degree and walked across the stage and back to my seat without tripping and falling. Then I got excited."

Treadwell is 42. He got his degree 191/2 years after leaving AU to play basketball overseas. Chris Knoche, who played at American for Gary Williams and coached the Eagles for seven seasons, recruited Treadwell out of Good Counsel High in the Washington area and then again after he went to Allegany Community College for two years because his SAT scores weren't good enough to get him into American.

As a senior forward in 1996-97, Treadwell averaged 15.4 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Eagles.

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