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Writer: Andy Staples
Post Time: 5:09, Thursday
Drake forward Brent Heemskerk loomed behind the camera guy with a camera of his own. On the other end of the lens, guard Adam Emmenecker tried to explain the differences in the four business degrees he’ll receive later this spring.
“He just said ‘cross-functional’ in an interview. Unbelievable,” Heemskerk cracked for his video, which he hopes will wind up on the CBS telecast of Friday’s Drake-Western Kentucky game. “He’s living up to his name as an academic All-American. I can’t even spell cross-functional.”
That’s not quite true. Heemskerk, the Bulldogs’ junior sixth man from Grand Rapids, Mich., may wind up leaving Drake with as many degrees as Emmenecker. If they still made diplomas out of sheepskin, PETA would picket outside the St. Pete Times Forum on Friday.
Heemskerk is a finance/general business/entrepreneurial management/marketing major. Emmenecker, meanwhile, is a finance/general business/entrepreneurial management/management major. Each has a concentration in insurance.
“I’m not sure what they’ll hand me on graduation day,” Heemskerk said.
Unlike his teammate, Heemskerk has not nailed down a job. Emmenecker, the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, already has accepted a job at The Principal Financial Group. But, since the Bulldogs are on the national stage, Heemskerk asked Thursday if he could make his sales pitch to all potential employers. So listen up, Fortune 500 execs.
“As you can see,” Heemkerk said,” Adam Emmenecker was an academic All-American this year, and he’s gotten a lot of publicity for Principal. If you hire me now, get me early, I can maybe put out a good word for you when we make another tournament run next year.”