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Andre De Grasse To Head To California For College

09/03/2015 11:39 EDT | Updated 09/03/2016 05:59 EDT
TORONTO — Star Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse has decided to return to college for his senior year, passing up a chance to immediately cash in on his breakout performance at last month's world track and field championships.

An Athletics Canada spokesman tells The Canadian Press that the 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., plans to race for the University of Southern California in the upcoming season.

After winning a surprise bronze medal in the 100 metres at the IAAF championship in Beijing, De Grasse was asked whether he would skip his final year and turn pro, a move that experts say could be worth more than a million dollars in endorsement deals.

Professional athletes are not eligible to compete in the NCAA.

While De Grasse didn't directly answer the questions in China, he did say his mother wanted him to return to school to get his degree.

He is the defending NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 metres.

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