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Copyright (c) 2000 University of Virginia School of Law  
Virginia Journal of Sports and the Law

ARTICLE: The Student-Athlete vs. The Athlete Student: Has the Time Arrived for an Extended-Term Scholarship Contract?

Spring, 2000

2 Va. J. Sports & L. 145


Louis Hakim *



Every year at the close of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's ("NCAA") Division I basketball season, millions of Americans learn from ESPN or their local newspapers which of their favorite athletes have decided to leave the college ranks early and enter the National Basketball Association ("NBA") draft. 1 When University of Kansas basketball star Jacque Vaughn announced in May of 1996 that he would remain at Kansas for his senior year, he borrowed a phrase from poet Robert Frost - "I will take the road less traveled . . ." 2 Other collegiate stars, such as University of Utah's Keith Van Horn and Wake Forest University's Tim Duncan, also followed Vaughn down the road less traveled. 3 In so doing, these players declined to follow the example provided by Allen Iverson of Georgetown University, Marcus Camby of the University of Massachusetts, Stephon Marbury of Georgia Tech, and Ray Allen of the University of Connecticut. 4 Players like Vaughn, Van Horn, and Duncan are the exception to what has become the regular course of action for star players-- enter a college or university, compete for one, two or three years, and leave for the limelight of professional athletics without an educational degree. Although players such as Vaughn, Van Horn, and Duncan would likely have been successful as professional players if they had left college early, the values and lessons learned on campus most likely helped them adjust to the bright lights of the NBA. 5

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