Not long after Michigan forward Jordan Morgan earned his master's degree in manufacturing engineering earlier this month, an unusual gift arrived in his mailbox.
It was a letter from the White House signed by President Obama
Yes, that's a form letter. And yes, Morgan clearly isn't the only student to receive it. But still, that's pretty memorable for a fifth-year senior only about two months removed from playing his final game for the Wolverines in the Elite Eight against Kentucky.
Why did Morgan receive the letter when surely not every graduate from Michigan or other schools did? That's unclear, but MLive.com noted it isn't the first time Obama has personally recognized Morgan.
When Obama spoke at Michigan on April 2 in support of increasing the minimum wage, he mentioned Morgan by name and lauded him for his achievements in the classroom while playing Division I basketball.
"I want to congratulate Jordan for playing more games at Michigan than any other player in history [and] not only earning an undergraduate degree in engineering, [but] pursuing a graduate degree in engineering as well," Obama said. "That's the kind of student athlete we're talking about."
Morgan contributed to Michigan's run to the national title game as a junior and played an even bigger role as a senior because of Mitch McGary's season-ending back injury. He averaged 6.4 points per game and shot 70 percent from the field, stepping up his play in the NCAA tournament to help the Wolverines get within one win of a second straight Final Four.
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