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Jennings signs with Italian team

Posted on: July 16, 2008 3:48 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2008 3:48 pm

Brandon Jennings has signed with Pallacanestro Virtus Roma of the Italian league, meaning the Arizona signee will indeed play in Europe this season and become the first American to spend the year immediately following high school overseas while waiting for the NBA Draft.

"David Stern said when the age limit was put in that this wouldn't force kids to college, that they could still go to the NBDL or Europe," Sonny Vaccaro, who was instrumental in Jennings' decision, said by phone Wednesday. "Well, someone took David's advice."

Specifics of the deal have not been disclosed. But a source close to Jennings told the elite point guard has signed a three-year, multimillion dollar contract that features a buyout each year designed to protect the Italian team. Meantime, Vaccaro said he will accompany Jennings to Rome next week for a formal press conference.
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2008 1:16 pm

Jennings signs with Italian team

They may not get as much U.S. media coverage (but probably more than you would think) during their time in Europe, but I guarantee NBA teams will be keeping an eye on them. In the last 5 drafts, 11% of lottery picks have come directly from overseas, anyway.

They can be famous in the U.S. for a year, or they can be famous in Europe for a year while getting paid a few mil. As long as they aren't exposed as busts, they'll be famous and getting paid in the U.S. after a year either way.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2008 11:01 am

Jennings signs with Italian team

This is NOT going to start a mass exodus.  If you play in Europe, you aren't going to get the press you would playing college hoops, plain and simple.  Yes you will be making money, but in the end it hurts you on the marketing end.  The euro option is going to be for the morons that could never seem to realize that paying attention in class may have been a good thing.  Kids like that are one knee injury away from living in a trailer park.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2008 5:37 am

Jennings signs with Italian team

NBA should just let them play out of high school. This year Brandon Jennings set the trend for Europe as possible option to get those millions. And this year OJ Mayo also set example that as long as you get paid in high school, NCAA cannot cannot find fault on the school for lack of supervision or simply put out of the school's control. Demar DeRozan (another USC recruit) was also contemplating about heading to Europe. He has a hard time to qualify and what make you think that he can handle college courses unless he'd be taking Leinart's courses. Both Jennings and DeRozan have no intention to stay in school and NBA should just allow them get drafted.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2008 7:11 pm

Jennings signs with Italian team

the best way to do it is follow the baseball rule with a small change. allow kids to go right out of high school, if not then they stay in school for 2 years. best compromise there is.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2008 6:34 pm

Jennings signs with Italian team

We have world maps at the local high school so he can find Italy.  I guess he can buy as many maps as he needs and Vaccaro can buy someone to read them for him.  Must have done well in his Economics class, no problem with Free Enterprise.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2008 4:16 pm

Jennings signs with Italian team

(no longer required to get marginal grades in high school) + (millions of dollars as an 18 year old) + (globalization allowing NBA teams to easily keep track of kids playing in Europe) = less freshmen superstars in college basketball.

Some will think that's a good thing, some will not. Either way I predict some major controversy and a change to the "one year removed from high school" rule with in the next few years.

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