Is Brandon Jennings Changing Basketball As We Know It?

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IDecember 10, 2009

MILWAUKEE - NOVEMBER 16: Brandon Jennings #3 of the Milwuakee Bucks waits for a free-throw against the Dallas Mavericks at the Bradley Center on November 16, 2009 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Mavericks defeated the Bucks 115-113 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It's been over five months since the Milwaukee Bucks selected point guard Brandon Jennings with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Since then, the young, confident Jennings has done nothing but secure the starting job ahead of veteran Luke Ridnour , drop 55 points on the Golden State Warriors, and help the Bucks to a winning record early in the season.

Now the Bucks are below .500, Jennings is slowly coming down off of his career night, and the dust is beginning to settle. But the Bucks and the rest of the world, probably most notably the NCAA world, needs to start to wonder—did Brandon Jennings just change the world?

Well, no, of course not. Not literally. Basketball isn't "the world", no matter the player, the scene, the moment, or the level. It's just a game.

Regardless, in some fashion, Jenning's bold decision to make the leap to the pro's in Europe, instead of playing one year of college ball at the University of Arizona, could change the history of the NBA.

It's been just three years since NBA commissioner David Stern changed the rules so that no high school players could be drafted by an NBA franchise. Rather, every single player would be forced to go through a year of college before entering the NBA.

This was in an effort to minimize young careers being ruined, franchises being sabotaged by big-money contracts for would-be busts, and to help the college game save itself.

But then there was Jennings. Jennings, and one fantastic loop-hole. A loop-hole, in fact, that is already sparking the interest of other college starts, and even more disturbingly, lesser known players who feel they don't have great chances at being drafted out of college.

Florida's Nick Calathes, for one, chose to head overseas after his sophomore season at Florida, rather than report to the NBA team that would draft him in the 2009 draft.

Calathes is a different issue, however, as he actually went through the college process, honed his craft, and simply weighed his options before deciding to go pro, rather than have an NBA team say no.

It all goes back to Jennings...

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