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Jerron Love is top 8th-grader, says his dad

Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:42 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 10:55 am
 
By Gary Parrish

My friend Scott Cacciola has a great story in the Wall Street Journal this morning. I would encourage every father of a young basketball player to read it because it's a nice guide to how not to handle a boy's amateur career.

From the WSJ...
[The website] Middle School Elite celebrates Jerron [Love] as a 5-foot-7 playmaker and the country's top eighth-grader. His potential? Limitless. Just ask the guy who runs the site—his dad. "I'm the Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain," Jerry Love said.
If you didn't catch that, here's the deal: A man named Jerry Love started a website that ranks middle school basketball players, and he's declared his son, Jerron Love, the nation's top-ranked eighth-grade prospect. This is ridiculous on lots of levels -- not the least of which is that his son is a 15-year-old eighth-grader and shorter than me -- and it'll almost certainly do more harm than good.

Jerron Love is now a national name and not for good reasons. He'll have incredible pressure on him throughout high school and most likely be a "failure" relative to the expectations his father has placed upon him. And for what? Because the dad wanted to hype his son? Eighth-graders don't need hype. They need parents who love them and teach them and shield them from things like this. If the kid's legitimate, we would've all found out in proper time. But nobody needed a website started by Jerry Love to tell us Jerron Love is the best middle-school player from sea to shining sea.

And guess who needed it less than anybody?

Jerron Love.

Make no mistake, I wish the kid luck.

But I'm not optimistic, and his father isn't helping.

(Worth noting: The last "No. 1 eighth-grader" I remember being 5-7 was Andre Allen. He went on to become a 5-8 walk-on in college who spent his career as a backup, got arrested once and failed a drug test that prevented him from playing for Memphis in the Final Four.)
Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:50 am
 

Jerron Love is top 8th-grader, says his dad

Can't beieve Josh is still alove on these boards. Wow..... Let's talk about the Badger's instead Josh, that sounds like more fun..... j/k Wink



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:39 am
 

Jerron Love is top 8th-grader, says his dad

No they have not.  Their Final Four run was stricken from the record books.  Thus, according to the official records, they've never been to a Final Four
Josh, you're a nerd. This statement "Their Final Four run was stricken from the record books" makes your comment "they've never been to a Final Four" oxymoronic and idiotic at best. They most certainly have been to a final four. They booked hotels, rode the bus, got the t-shirts and rings, and played the games. Your attempt at being a wise ass is coming off more as a lame 10 year old making a joke. Please stop. 



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:42 am
 

Jerron Love is top 8th-grader, says his dad

@philatio11... I was getting a little bored with your comment until you used the phrase, "super duper" at the end. 

Awesome. 

Thank you.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:38 am
 

Jerron Love is top 8th-grader, says his dad

This kid sucks.  I was 6'2" in 8th grade, and I dominated the boards - at 12 years old, not 15.  Also, I was very hard for those little munchkins to shoot over.  Oh, and I couldn't make any shot outside of 10 feet. But look at my unbelieveable success now, I'm 36, I've shrunken to 6'1", and I never played organized basketball again.  See, eveything will work out for this kid, because it is always obvious which direction your life will go at that age.  Did I forget to mention that I could throw in the high 70s in 8th grade (with a split finger in the low 70s), despite the fact that I never played organized baseball?  I am so awesome.  I wish I could go back and rank myself as an 8th grade prospect, just to prove to you all how super duper I was.



Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Jerron Love is top 8th-grader, says his dad

As a 15-year-old eighth grader, the kid apparently isn't at the top of his class, needless to say.  He should eventually sign with whichever school Calipari is coaching in four years, so that he can be helped by Cal's "Rose-Bledsoe" academic improvement program.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Jerron Love is top 8th-grader, says his dad

When I finished the 10th grade I was still 15. Everyone else was about the same age.  What's the story on this kid?  Has he be kept back a grade or two because his father is an idiot who wants him to be more competitive?   Then again, Oklahoma State has a 28 year old starter playing against 18 freshmen.
Now I was about 5'7' in the eighth grade but by age 15 was 6'1" and not one of the tall b-ball guys. 
I think the father got some attention and it will blow over.  Are you sure it isn't a joke?




Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Jerron Love is top 8th-grader, says his dad

Jerron Love should be the top 8th grade prospect.How many 15 year olds are still in 8th grade?




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Jerron Love is top 8th-grader, says his dad

No they have not.  Their Final Four run was stricken from the record books.  Thus, according to the official records, they've never been to a Final Four.





Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Jerron Love is top 8th-grader, says his dad

Yes they have. They lost to Kansas in the final game in 2008.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Jerron Love is top 8th-grader, says his dad

One part of the article you need to fix:

Worth noting: The last "No. 1 eighth-grader" I remember being 5-7 was Andre Allen. He went on to become a 5-8 walk-on in college who spent his career as a backup, got arrested once and failed a drug test that prevented him from playing for Memphis in the Final Four

Memphis hasn't been to a Final Four.  Source = NCAA archives


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