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Derek Fisher an inspiration to youngest FSU graduate

John Rohde Modified: June 3, 2013 at 11:15 am •  Published: June 3, 2013

At age 18, Gregiore Narcisse graduated magna cum laude from Florida State last month, becoming the youngest person ever to earn a bachelor’s degree from the school, and Thunder veteran guard Derek Fisher is part of the reason why.

Narcisse dates his decision to become a sports agent to May 13, 2004, when he was 9 years old and watched on television as Fisher, his favorite player and point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers at the time, hit a miraculous shot with 0.4 seconds left in a playoff victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

“That was an epiphany,” Narcisse told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I realized that my passion for sports was so great that I had to make find a way to be involved in what I loved.”

You can observe an interview with the teen prodigy here and can read the story here.

Narcisse told the Sun Sentinel he plans to attend the University of Miami for the master’s program in sport management, and then head to law school before pursuing a career as a sports agent. “There are some days I feel like I might be going a little fast,” said Narcisse, the only child of a Haitian father and Barbadian mother. “But I remember hearing my great-grandfather say that the world is changing so fast, you never know what’s next.”

Born in 1994, Narcisse always tended to be the youngest among his classmates. He was 2 when he began attending French immersion schools in California. When he was 9, his family moved from Los Angeles to South Florida, and he continued his foreign-language education, first at Lycee-Franco Americain International School in Cooper City and then at Hollywood’s International School of Broward for ninth and 10th grades. At 14, he enrolled in College Academy at Broward College, where students earn a high school diploma and enough college credits for an associate’s degree at the same time. He entered FSU at 16, and with his college credits from Broward, qualified for graduation in four semesters.

At the May 4 commencement in Tallahassee, FSU president Eric Barron said, “As far as we have searched, we can find no younger graduate from Florida State University than Gregoire Carter Narcisse, who is graduating from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at 18 years, 169 days.”

- John Rohde

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