Brandon Jennings is the early favorite for Rookie of the Year

11/5/09 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

The season is still early, but Brandon Jenning looks like the early favorite for Rookie of the Year. This means good things for Jennings and his Milwaukee Bucks, but the long-term ramifications are far deeper, if Jennings continues to have a great year.

Jennings was the first player ever to graduate high school in the US, skip college and go straight to Europe to play pro ball, with the hopes of eventually playing in the NBA. If his success continues, we might see a trend of young players doing this. Why bother toiling away in school for 2 more years, when you can get paid to play against superior competition, and better prepare yourself for the NBA, without having to worry about school?

Jennings might someday be known as a pioneer for players who use European leagues as a springboard for NBA success. It's a win-win, really. The players get paid... the Euro leagues get more recognition... and we have less of the farcical "student-athletes" who are there only to play basketball and have no real interest in education.

I'm hoping more players will take advantage of this system and do the same thing that Jennings did.
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