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Florida's Nuclear Engineering Program Helped It Land Basketball Transfer Canyon Barry

Canyon Barry, son of NBA great Rick Barry, is an accomplished college basketball player, averaging 19.7 points per game for Charleston last season. He also has some pretty lofty academic goals. Barry will transfer to Florida to play his final college season, and the ability to get his master's in Nuclear Engineering helped head coach Mike White seal the deal.

"The University of Florida is a great fit for me for several reasons. First, they have an exceptional Nuclear Engineering program and actually have one of the only nuclear training reactors in the southeast."

Barry, an academic All-American, chose the Gators overfellow finalists Cal, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Northwestern, and Ole Miss. The role of academics in big-time college athletics is something that is very much up for debate, but it is always cool to see an athlete take full advantage of his educational opportunities.

[Miami Herald]