Brandon Jennings gets paid!

Touted as the best point guard in the class of 2008, Brandon Jennings signed with Pallacanestro Virtus Roma of the Italian pro league. Jennings who played at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) last season, decided to bypass college and sign a ‘multimillion-dollar’ deal with the Rome-based team.

At 18, Jennings could not enter the NBA draft due to the league’s age restrictions for prospects under 19 years old. Bypassing the opportunity to be a “one year” player after committing to Arizona (he was academically ineligible), Jennings opted to explore immediate payment for his services in Europe.

His advisor, longtime former shoe company representative Sonny Vaccaro, negotiated in Las Vegas during the weekend with Virtus Roma GM Dejan Bodiroga. Without disclosing the exact numbers, Viccaro described the deal as a three-year multimillion dollar deal with buyout considerations that will allow Jennings to leave the team and enter the NBA draft when eligible next year. The GM commented further explaining a comprehensive plan for Brandon that included specific training, education, tutoring programs, and media training.

I honestly have no problems with him going after money. The 19 age limit rule doesn’t make much sense to me, I don’t see a point in a player taking up a scholarship spot in order to leave the very next year. I predict a whole lot of future players exercising this option. Time will tell.

7/16/08 – 4.1 miles in 39:32 (slow run right after biking home)

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10 thoughts on “Brandon Jennings gets paid!

  1. Travis

    Well, the NCAA can’t really complain about the one and dones. People only really started to complain about them when guys like Brandon Jennings decided to leave and play in Europe. The ones and done players (Durant, Oden, Mayo, Beasley, Rose,Love) have impacted the NCCA so much in these two years more than any 4 year college player has ever done in NCCA history. Remember the one and dones would had never played college basketball and would have gone straight into the NBA. So for the fact that college basketball gets these kids for one year is something they should appreciate and not complain about. This is why I think the rule should be changed to 2 years of college basketball or straight out of high school. This will at least end the one and dones so college basketball can make money. And high school kids that are basketball ready like a (Durant, Oden) don’t have to waste their time playing one year of college basketball and risk getting injured. But the talk of colleges paying student athletes money to pay is absolutely ridiculous. Because then you’ll have to pay all the college athletes and most NCCA sports don’t make as money as football and basketball. Who watches NCCA track or swimming? If you pay the basketball players and the football players then wouldn’t you have to pay all the athletes then? No matter how much you argue about this subject. There is still something very wrong when a 19 year old makes millions of dollars. Because average people can work their whole lives. Generations can pass their kids work and their kids work and they will never make millions of dollars. These kids are 19 years old they just graduated from high school. Some 19 years old might have never even worked a day in their lives. What kind of message does this send to the teenage youth out there? Brandon Jennings not going to college will in the end only hurt him. Because a normal NBA basketball players career only last until he’s 40 years old. And when Brandon’s 40 years old and retired. I wonder if he was smart enough to save his money? Or will his agent try to steal his money like what happened to (Kareem and Pippen). And all these old guys like Rodman, Kemp, Pippen that spent their money and now need a comeback. Sorry for the long post. Does anybody actually know what a passing score to the SAT is? And does anybody know how much D-leaguers actually get paid? It can’t be millions right?

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  2. Travis

    Anyways, I’ll be rooting for Brandon for some reason. And he picked a great team. One wheres he’s going to be the starting point guard immediately and the former starting point guard on the team Roko Ukic just signed with the Raptors today. Looking at the guys on his team Allan Ray, Christian Drejer, I don’t the rest of the league is going to be that tough. So I except Brandon to probably dominate in Europe. And be a top 5 pick next year.

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  3. bentlyr Post author

    Hey Travis, I agree with pretty much everything you’ve mentioned and you are absolutely right about the NCAA seasons being far more talent filled with the one and dones but… The reason I’m somewhat hesitant about the NBA making a 2 year rule or even having the 1 year is mainly because I feel (especially in basketball with only 10 or so scholarship spots) that kids willing to actually play and go to school for 3-4 years are losing spots. I don’t know what a solution would be…

    BTW I highly doubt Brandon is going to be financially savvy enough to save. I have no idea what the testing requirements would be but I know for a fact it is reduced for athletes at most institutions.

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  4. FeetinthePaint

    bentlyr:

    Can you point me in the direction where it’s clearly espoused that athletes have lower testing requirements for higher education?

    Travis:

    My man, we’re running into each other everywhere nowadays.

    There generally aren’t “passing scores” for standardized tests. The academic institution may market that their students fall into a particular range or that their mean or median scores are X but there isn’t a floor. Most institutions accept students based on the total package.

    I think a lot of people have a problem with the fact that distinguishing yourself in a particular extracurricular activity can in fact constitute a “plus” on your scale. Do people have a problem with an academic institution accepting someone with low standardized test scores but that has won a nationally-recognized spelling bee? Do they have that same problem for the acceptance of someone with an incredibly low GPA yet who has started his own business?

    I don’t have a problem with that.

    I also disagree with your contention of a 19-year-old earning money simply because he’s a 19-year-old. We live in a capitalist country, it kind of comes with the territory.

    The long-term monetary issues of Shawn Kemp or anyone else (I was not aware of Kareem or Scottie in financial problems but link me if you can find it) doesn’t seem relevant to me. Why does the financial blundering of Kemp impact the need to curtail young folks getting their money?

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  5. Ethan Edwards

    Here’s an article on Pippen and Kareems agents ripping them off of their money. http://myespn.go.com/blogs/truehoop?tag=scottie%20pippen
    I live in America. I have nothing against 19 year olds making millions of dollars. After all, a Brandon Jennings no matter if he can pass his ACT or not is a genius. Jennings isn’t a Albert Einstein but he’s a genius on the basketball court. And in America sport athletes makes millions of dollars. I have nothing against it but its still depressing to see especially when millions of Americans have to work in minimum wage jobs. And see Americans play the lottery everyday just for the hope of winning millions of dollars. But, I love the NBA and I hope the best for Brandon Jennings. But seeing what happens to some professional athletes after their playing careers like what happen to a (Kareem, Pippen, Rodman, Kemp) once huge stars in the NBA. Who has had their money stolen by agents or has spent their money on drugs and partying. I don’t think it would hurt Brandon to attend college.

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  6. bentlyr Post author

    Feetinthepaint,
    I am currently shoving foot in mouth 😀

    You are absolutely right about he academic requirements, I guess I worded it wrong but yes they do take into account the fact that athletes spend a large amount of time practicing and playing as an extracurricular activity. This weighs into schools accepting students with scores and grades not as high as the ‘average’ student (non athlete) but you are right there’s no set fact that they lower test requirements.

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