Friday, June 27, 2008

Black Athlete Power: Top Ballers May Take European Money vs. College


A year ago, there was speculation that former shoe company czar Sonny Vaccaro was set to go barnstorming over in Europe with a group that would include O.J. Mayo, Bill Walker and a few other elite players coming out of high school. At the time, it seemed pretty far-fetched that an American-born player would bypass the college experience to play in anonymity outside his home country.


It didn't end up happening, but now it appears as though Brandon Jennings, arguably the top incoming freshman in the country, could become a trendsetter of sorts and opt for overseas money over a one-year college experience at Arizona.


"He's definitely considering it," said Kelly Williams, the father of New Jersey Nets point guard Marcus Williams and also a close advisor to the Jennings family. "Why wouldn't he?"


"If it's a sweet enough deal, why wouldn't he look into it?" Williams added. "But there's nothing definitive right now. They are in the process of investigating it, but he's not going to go just to become the first kid to go overseas. We're not going to put him in a bad situation. We'd try and put him in a situation where he can grow and develop."


Jennings first hatched the idea from Vaccaro, who is on a personal crusade against the NCAA and NBA because of the restrictions that those organizations impose on young basketball players.


Jennings' camp said that whether or not he achieves the SAT score (he's expected to get the results of his latest test any day now) that will make him eligible to play college ball at Arizona is irrelevant with regards to his decision to play overseas.

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1 comment:

TivoliEclipse said...

Rush Limbaugh sealed a deal over the weekend for a $400 million -- four year contract. Yes -- Four Hundred Million Dollars for shock/talk on Conservative radio. How did a JUNKIE and RACIST manage to seal a $400 million dollar deal? Alex Rodriguez pulled $200M and he actually does something...
At first I suggested that God is dead! Now for me -- it has never been more apparent -- the Hip Hop generation is correct - GET THAT MONEY!!!! MAKE THEM PAY YOU $400M in the US and if necessary -- Europe! From this point forward -- Black American athletes with super skill sets MUST insist that contracts meet or exceed $400 MILLION DOLLARS. Money is not God -- but money rules!!!! Nothing else matters in this mucked up world baby. No sentimentality -- no patriotic dribble. Like RUSH be clear -- you expect to get paid! There IS virtue in selfishness!