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Jennings the first of what could be many

Posted on: July 9, 2008 1:15 am

AKRON, Ohio -- One done, how many more to go?

That's the real question surrounding Brandon Jennings' announcement that he will spend the next year in Europe as a professional while waiting for the 2009 NBA Draft. Forget what it means to Arizona or Lute Olson. What it means to college basketball in general is what has the industry buzzing, because coaches will now have to approach the recruitment of elite prospects like they used to approach the recruitment of elite prospects, which is to say with great caution and the understanding that there's a decent chance they'll never enroll.

"By his sophomore year, nobody was recruiting LeBron anymore because everybody knew he wasn't going to college," were some of the words Akron coach Keith Dambrot shared Tuesday night at the LeBron James Skills Academy while we chatted about the superstar he once coached in high school. By the end of the night, I couldn't help but think this is the way coaches will again be approaching situations because they won't want to waste time on a prospect chasing the dollar.

And by dollar, I mean euro.

In that way, Jennings is very much going to be the trendsetter Sonny Vaccaro wanted, and anybody actively recruiting Class of 2009 stars Renardo Sidney and Lance Stephenson had better reevaluate things, ASAP. Because on Tuesday night Jennings officially opened the door the NCAA and NBA hoped would never open, and now there's no telling how many prospects are going to try to follow his lead.

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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2008 12:47 am

Jennings the first of what could be many

not to be a huge tax nerd but he won't be paying for his social security because you're only taxed on the first ~80 grand of income. It's kind of screwed up if u think about it.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2008 7:22 pm

Jennings the first of what could be many

Why are you calling this person a "thug and poor excuse for a human being?" That is way out of bounds. Your hatred is pathetic. Here's what I know for a FACT. That "thug and poor excuse for a human being" will pay more income tax in one year then you'll have for your whole entire life. IN FACT - he'll likely be paying for your Social Security and your whole subsidize senior existence period. And you're probably still a few decades from collecting your first check.

Why is he a thug? Did he whoop your ass or something? What's with that crap? All because he won't be playing for you favorite school.

Talk about bitter envy. One word for you - therapy! Get some help.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2008 6:55 pm

Jennings the first of what could be many

You've gotta be kidding.  There's no comparing the two. Brandon Jennings WILL be drafted next year barring serious injury. Period.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2008 10:14 am

Jennings the first of what could be many

kUnY you're pretty much the most ignorant person I've seen on these message boards. College isn't for everybody, and neither are the SATs. It's not being selfish to not want to go to college, a place where Jennings would most likely fail (if his SATs are any indication- at a big public school like arizona, the SATs are one of the best predictors of how well a student will fare their first year because freshman classes are huge and test-based.) Is he being selfish or smart? You probably wouldn't take the court against a bunch of NBA players because you wouldn't stand a chance, it just wouldn't be smart. Same kind of situation for Jennings. College is 'a time' for all the undergrads who have nothing to do but drink all day. For D-1 college athletes their sport is a full-time job, full of 6AM weight lifting sessions and practices and studying and curfews... I'm sure Jennings can learn plenty from being in a different environment playing with seasoned professionals who know what it takes to succeed.

The books and movie I recommended you read really have nothing to with black people, but about how (super rich) white people control everything. I don't feel bad for black people, but I do have sympathy for lower-class people (many of whom are minorities) because the system is stacked so heavily against any person coming up without money. 

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2008 5:48 pm

Jennings the first of what could be many

i would be worried about having a guy on my team who is too lazy to study hard enough for the SAT's this was his third time taking it.  that just shows he is a slacker and lazy. i wouldnt want him on my team.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2008 3:50 pm

Jennings the first of what could be many

Everyone in the USA has a fair chance at an education..Some it is harder for than others, but the Motivation to excel in school everyone has the ability to have. How can you not pass the SAT? Jennings didnt take to being able to go to a private school and getting a way higher quality education than anyone that goes to public schools. How did he graduate if he didn't learn enough to pass the SAT?? I am sure all of this teachers weren't white because they hate black people because it says it in books.

 He will pay for this when he goes to Europe and disappears off of the NBA map for a year. Awful decision on his part. How selfish are these elite prospects?? Not wanting to go 1 year in college. That is like turning down a free trip to disney world. College is a time and I am sure it is way better if you are a 5 star bball product.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2008 2:05 pm

Jennings the first of what could be many

I said he may be a thug if the definition of a thug is someone who can't pass the SATs. That comment was only made in response- I don't think he's a thug.

I thought that calling Jennings a thug and a poor excuse for a human being was racist because there was absolutely no basis for the comment. The article didn't say that he fought dogs against each other, or that he sold rock to kids, or that he sold stolen laptops... All it said was that he decided to go make a fortune in Europe instead of going to play basketball for nothing but a useless year of college. To me that doesn't make anybody a thug or a poor excuse for a human being. To me, it seemed like Jennings got labeled a thug and a poor excuse because he was black. This was wrong and aggie cleared that up later. 

As for the white man tests comments.  I am admittedly a little racist but I am white (half) and I have done well on those damn tests and I can safely say that they aren't an indicator of whether or not a person is a thug or a poor excuse for a human being. I think the tests are extremely biased towards white, but more importantly upper class children. Kids growing up in compton aren't prepared for the SATs like kids who grow up with middle-upper class parents (I'm a perfect example).

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2008 2:00 pm

Very Smart Move

That is if you ask me!  I have no info about his grades or if he even really cares about school in general, but he saw what happened to O.J. Mayo and made a move, I believe, he had to make.  Talk about opening one door and slamming the other in commissioner David Sterns grill.  The only way this could come back to hunt Brandon Jennings is if David Stern makes it that not one NBA team can draft or pick up a player that has not attended a year in college.  I don't see it happening but this is an embarrassment to Stern and I'm not sure he'll take it lightly.

Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2008 12:26 pm

Jennings the first of what could be many

Let's see if I get this.  You think because someone said that Brandon Jennings is a thug and a poor excuse for a human being that they are racist.  You yourself said he may be a thug, so that leaves only the poor excuse for a human being.  Why is that racist?  Your next comments show your atitudes, especially ones that invoke the "white man"  Could it be that you are the racist.  Why is the tests "white mens?"  Integration was over thirty years ago.   I am sure that the tests have some black input.    Back to your comments, he may also be a poor excuse for a human being and be of any color.  I didn't even know who he was, but you clearly put the black label on him. 

Please limit your comments to something you do know as opposed to just have a bad atitude about.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2008 11:16 am

Jennings the first of what could be many

I don't know if this is trendsetting or not but I'm glad to see someone who has the courage to go to Europe to play for a year or so.  For those who talk about 1 year of college education you should check out what these one and doners are taking for classes.  Check out if any of them even passed a class the second semester.  There is nothing wrong  with that because these guys are there to play basketball.  Basketball is the class they are taking.  It is no different than a business major.  If a business major could get their dream job after 1 year of college do you think they would pass it up?  Can Jennings adapt to Europe and European ball, who knows but the same can be said for moving to a college and playing the college game. 

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