We have already talked about the question whether being drafted is still worth it for Europeans. And we spoke, more in a joking way, about when European teams recruit American high school seniors for their own youth program. Well, this may now happen, as ESPN reports.
Brandon Jennings, one of the top talents in US high school basketball, is considering playing professionally in Europe next season. Jennings, who signed a letter of intent to play for Arizona in the NCAA next season, must still pass his exams to be eligible for college basketball, exams which he has missed twice already.
Coming to Europe is something I’m considering now. I still want to go to Arizona but if things don’t go right, I’m considering going overseas.”
That’s how Jennings was quoted by ESPN.com today. The remaining questions regard whether a European professional team would want to sign an 18-year-old high school basketball player and of course how Jennings would react to the pressure of playing professionally.
I don’t know if Jennings and his family read BallinEurope.com or from where they got this idea. But if he really fails his college test, Jennings could eventually become a trend setter. And if he succeeds, this may encourage more high school players to try the same move in the future.