The Big East Conference is working to ensure their freshman student-athletes have all of the resources in place to make a smooth transition to college. The conference for all incoming freshman is taking place in New York.
“We felt there was a spate of information we could impart on freshmen to help with their transformation from high school to college and college and beyond,” said Stu Jackson, who oversees the Big East’s men’s basketball operations and strategic planning, via NBC Sports.
“Historically, schools in our conference did a great job of making all freshmen from all sports aware of issues like gambling, sexual harassment, academic integrity. No one has taken the opportunity to talk to men’s basketball players about issues they will face as they come into an elite basketball conference or what they can expect beyond their collegiate careers. We felt it was our responsibility.”
Jackson collaborated with commissioner Val Ackerman to create the “Freshmen Fundamentals.”
It is pretty great for the incoming freshman to have this resource and hopefully it will be something that the players can learn from that will help them avoid any trouble in the past.
One of the courses, “Etiquette and Personal Brand Presentation,” is something that will benefit these players moving well into the future.
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