Ben Cohen


Committee Helps Guide Future Pros

A college player thinking of declaring for the NBA Draft has a number of people offering guidance: family, friends, coaches, informal advisers, agents and even fellow students. Duke’s future pros, though, also have the luxury of consulting with the Student-Athlete Counseling Committee, which prepares them for postgraduate athletic careers and advises them in finding legal representation.

Every player’s process for entering a career in professional sports is different. But most, if not all, have asked for advice from the president-appointed committee, which currently consists of Paul Haagen, a law professor and the committee’s chair, and Chris Kennedy, deputy athletic director.

“I think it’s been pretty unusual for someone not to talk to at least one of us,” Kennedy said. “I really don’t remember anyone who hasn’t had some kind of contact.”



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