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Yale Basketball Player Quits Team To Join The Whiffenpoofs, The All Male A Cappella Group

Score one for the arts. Brandon Sherrod, a rising senior on the Yale men's basketball team, has chosen the microphone over the hardwood. The 6-foot-6 forward will forego his final season with the Bulldogs' basketball squad to be a member of the Whiffenpoofs, the 14-member all-male a cappella group. 

The Whiffenpoofs are, perhaps, Yale's most famous and prestigious team. The group, formed in 1909, is comprised of rising seniors who take a year off from school to travel the globe to perform. 

Sherrod said the decision was a "tough choice." He grew up playing basketball and singing in the church choir. The Bulldogs went 19-14 last season and could be a postseason team in 2014-'15. Yale hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 1962. 

The forward was a starter on Yale's team last season, averaged 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 2013-'14. He is unable to participate on both teams, though, as the Whiffenpoofs start practicing in August. The a cappella team's travel schedule is arduous, as they'll perform on every continent but Antarctica. 

“This is supposed to be THE year, and you want to play with your guys,” Sherrod said. “But the Whiffenpoofs is a once in a lifetime opportunity."