Saturday, November 22, 2008

Catching up with Brandon Jennings

For those of you that don't know who he is, he's a 6'2"point guard that played at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He took his SATs twice but got flagged for abnormalities and he essentially chose to head overseas instead of trying to get into a 4 year college in the US. Jennings signed a contract with Lottomatica Virtus Roma ( 3yrs for $1.65M, with small buyouts so he can opt to head back to the states and the NBA) and moved his mom and his brother to Italy. His new team found the best school for his brother to attend and his mother is there to make sure that Brandon can concentrate on basketball. All in all a good deal for the kid, and good for his family. He gave up the right/option to play for the NCAA and make them money, but took the opportunity to make his game better. He'll play against better players in the Euroleague and he'll experience life outside of being in LA or VA. Take a look at the story from ESPN The Magazine.

Is Brandon Jennings starting a trend for high schoolers who can't make the grades? Is he showing others (who can make the grades) another option to getting to the NBA? Was this a good decision?

No comments: