RAY Allen quickly proved he had game after joining the Connecticut Huskies basketball team in 1993.
Around 30 years later, he now also has a university degree.
Like many other former and current NBA Stars Allen dropped out of school to pursue his professional career.
And with good reason, no one could deny that California the talent of the locals and the ability to make it rain from downtown.
For the next 18 years, he did it all – while forming two of the most legendary teams in NBA history.
The legendary game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals vs San Antonio Spurs showed how important Allen was to Miami’s championship that year.
With just seconds left, he rushed back over the 3-point line and saw Chris Bosh hit an offensive rebound.
And when Bosh found him in the corner, he immediately launched a three-pointer to level the game – and did it, reminding everyone why he was the all-time 3-point record holder at the time.
The Heat then won in overtime to force Game 7 before claiming the title in a winner-takes-it-all bout a few days later.
In 2016, Allen officially retired as a 10-time All-Star with two All-NBA honors and one Olympic Gold in his trophy cabinet – he triumphed with Team USA at the 2000 Sydney games.
Two years later, he got to rock the Naismith Orange during his induction ceremony into the Hall of Fame.
But as it turns out, even then, Allen didn’t feel fully fulfilled.
“I was on the board of directors at the University of Connecticut and every time I went to a board meeting, you would be at this table with all these other board members and it would have my name on it and I would see other people’s names. and it had her name and her class year, but I wasn’t an official alumni,” he said boardroom.
“Well, it’s those little things that have eaten away at me over time.”
Allen returned to Storrs, Connecticut to finish what he started three decades ago, eventually graduating this year with a bachelor’s degree in general studies.
And after posing alongside other members of the Class of 2023 in a blue gown and graduation cap, he had a few words for those who helped him tend to his unfinished business.
“I started my college career in September 1993 and due to some distractions along the way, I officially graduated.” he wrote on Instagram.
“I am so thankful for everyone in my life who has encouraged and inspired me to continue my studies.
“What a beautiful day that was!”