Watch: Mahershala Ali played college basketball for Saint Mary’s
Long before he became an Oscar-winning actor, Mahershala Ali was actually a college basketball player.
Ali, 45, grew up in Hayward, Calif. and attended Saint Mary’s College, where he played basketball for four seasons. Take a look at this clip of some of his highlights while playing for the Gaels. Back then, Ali was known as Mahershala Gilmore.
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Ali played in 97 games for Saint Mary’s, averaging 3.6 points per game during his career. He averaged 7.0 points per game as a senior.
In recent years, Ali has become a star in the acting world thanks to his performances in movies such as “Moonlight,” “Green Book,” and TV shows like “House of Cards,” “True Detective” and “Luke Cage.”