Raptors president Ujiri receives honorary doctorate from University of Toronto

Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri attends a press conference in Toronto on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. (Chris Young/CP)

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri has been awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from the University of Toronto, the institution announced Friday.

Ujiri is the second member of the Raptors' 2019 championship team to receive an honorary doctorate after star guard Kyle Lowry was awarded one from Acadia University last year.

Ujiri joined the Raptors organization in 2013 as executive vice president and general manager after winning the NBA Executive of the Year award with the Denver Nuggets.

He was promoted to president of basketball operations three years later and in 2019 helped the Raptors win their first NBA title in franchise history.

The 51-year-old Ujiri also founded the non-profit organization Giants of Africa in 2003 conducting basketball camps and aiming to grow the sport across the continent.

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