The hottest news on the Prep, College, and Professional scene this weekend was, and still is, the possibility of All World Point Guard Brandon Jennings de-committing from his national letter of intent with the University of Arizona Wildcats, and taking his talents across the pond to Europe.
“For a person that plays ball, our dream is to get to the NBA,” Jennings said. “College is like, Okay. We’ll do this one year, but our real mind-set is that we’re trying to get to the league, take care of our families. They’re making us do college so we feel like, Let’s do one year, go to class half the time.”
Dozens of critics will, and have said this would not be in the best interest of Jennings, and have stated that European ball is production driven— with less concern with player development.
Now this topic comes to life due to the SAT scores that have Jennings weighing his options. The first time he took the test he did not meet the requirements, so he obviously had to take it over again.
When the scores came back from the second test he had meet the requirements, but since the scores differed so much he was red flagged and told to take the test a third time.
So, while Mr. Jennings and the rest of the world wait for his S.A.T scores, Jennings will be considering what’s best for him and his family.
Now, my impression of this young man, is that he knows what he's doing, and has the type of support that most high profile athletes lack. I've watched Brandon play since his sophomore year, and have had the chance to sit down with him at the McDonald's All American game, and the Jordan Brand Classic for several interviews.
The kid has what it takes mentally, and there's no doubt that he's driven to be great!
The physical aspect, and the focus on his personal development are areas of concern, but if he is as dedicated to being great like I suspect he is, European leagues better watch out!
This whole process might really affect the college ranks, but could in turn be a major benefit for those high profile athletes coming out of high school who need to make a living for their families.
“I think people just develop better over there,” Jennings said. “You’re playing professional ball for a year, you’re playing against guys who are older than you. I’ll constantly be playing basketball 24-7. I don’t have to worry about school and things like that.”
Reference: Quotes from WILLIAM C. RHODEN New York Times Article.