In [Walker's] travel pack is a copy of New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden's Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete, a book that Crump encouraged Walker to read as part of an independent study class on racism in sports. Before the Final Four, Crump suggested that Rhoden's book would be the first that Walker had ever made it through cover-to-cover. After the win over Kentucky, Walker confirmed this. "That's true," he said. "You can write that. It is the first book I've ever read."â†µ
Get worked up and start pumping your arms about the student-athlete and kids these days if you like, but Walker got millions of dollars worth of life-preparation out of his time at UConn and evidently grew academically. Or just note the "cover-to-cover" distinction, which clearly implies Kemba makes a habit of stopping one page short in each of the many books he reads every year, just to preserve the mystery for all time.