May 14, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- Renowned author and poet Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “Don't judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
With the University of Wisconsin commencement upon us, it is only fitting to examine not the harvest that 2010 graduates such as men’s basketball player Jason Bohannon will reap, but the seeds, or legacy, that they have planted.
Bohannon stepped on campus in June of 2006 as a wide-eyed freshman, and exits UW-Madison this weekend four short years later as “wise-eyed” alumnus. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin in itself is something to be commended, but doing so in four years with the demands placed on Wisconsin’s student athletes is even more impressive.
Let’s consider the legacy of 2010 Wisconsin graduate, Jason Bohannon:
- Over his four-year career, Bohannon was a part of a school record 105 wins at Wisconsin. Bohannon’s Badgers took the floor in a total of 138 games, and pulled out victories over 76 percent of the time.
- He was a member of two Big Ten championship teams in 2008 and helped UW advance to the NCAA tournament in each of his years.
- Bohannon finished his career with 1,170 points, ranking him among the top 25 scorers in school history. He also made 212 3-pointers (fourth-most in UW annals), played in 135 games (second in UW history) and finished with the third-best free throw percentage (84.8%) for a Badger.
These accomplishments place him in select company, but achieving those along with a degree in four years moves him into rarified air.
Consider the time demands of participating in a sport that occupies several months and forces student athletes to balance a challenging schedule. Throw in the pressures of competing at the highest level of major college athletics and it’s no wonder the Bohannon family, along with all of the other alums and their families are beaming with pride.
“The young men and women who take scholarships at Wisconsin all had other offers to compete at big-time universities and they chose UW,” Bo Ryan noted. “First it’s a selection, then it’s fulfilling that promise. It takes disciplined, focused and hard-working individuals to get that done in four years. In my travels, it’s amazing how many people I encounter who identify with successful and admired Wisconsin graduates. The world outside of this University knows that earning a degree from the UW is a significant accomplishment, and now Jason joins that family.”
Congratulations “J-Bo” and all the members of the Class of 2010.