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P. Diddy Goes To UCLA With Davis, Love, Westbrook

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Ben Golliver

LOS ANGELES – What’s the only way to top having four NBA players, including two All-Stars, in your college class? By adding a hip hop mogul, of course.

On Wednesday, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Baron Davis and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love tweeted that hip hop legend Sean Combs, better known as P. Diddy, was attending summer school with them at UCLA.

“Another great day at school,” Davis tweeted. “Recruited P. Diddy to our history class!! Good looking big bro.”

“We recruited a new classmate,” Love confirmed, attaching the picture shown to the right as proof.

As ESPN.com noted, Davis and Love are just half of the NBA contingent in this particular summer school classroom.

In the meantime, Love is back on campus, taking a course on American popular culture. He said former Bruins and current NBA players Russell Westbrook, Baron Davis and Trevor Ariza are all in the same class. The four-credit class will make him a sophomore after he left UCLA following his freshman season in 2008.

“I don’t want the lockout to go to December or January but just in case I’ve signed up to be in class in the fall,” Love said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to do so but I’m hoping my fall classes get cut short.”

According to CBSSports.com’s UCLA RapidReports, Diddy was on campus because his son, a high school football player, is apparently getting a recruiting look from the Bruins.

Back when the lockout went into effect, I promised my family that I would put away the snark in any post about NBA players going back to college to fulfill promises to their families. Working towards a degree is an admirable pursuit for anyone, and it’s one of the smartest things a professional athlete can do given the relatively short career time frame and all the pitfalls that go with becoming extremely rich overnight.

But then P. Diddy had to get involved and it’s pretty much impossible to write about him in 2011 without snark. So we’ll just stop right here. Good times, though. Good times.

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