Arizona recruit Brandon Jennings isn't just using Europe as a basketball backup plan if his SATs don't come through, but as an actual career scenario. Gary Parrish reported that.
The Euro/Asia emigration doesn't stop there.
Sasha "Jackie Moon" Kaun is taking his alley oops back to Russia, signing with team CSKA for three years and a reported $4.6 million.
That's not all the news out of Moscow (Russia, not Idaho). It's good to be Terence Morris today. The former Maryland Terrapin and one-time Magic and Rockets street-clothes wearer signed with CSKA for three years at 2.6 million Euros per. That's roughly $12.12 million dollars.
Here's why the Russians opened their coffers for the one-time NBDL fodder, Morris:
"During his university years NBA scouts evaluated Morris as one of the best forwards in America. Last season confirmed that CSKA's conscript demonstrates a performance of highest level. During the season Terence was named Euroleague's Best Defensive Player, was included in All-Euroleague Team, was the first in Euroleague in blocked shots, second - in rebounds, and fifth - in the MVP rankings." -- CSKA website.
We'll ignore that first sentence.
Back to Jennings, the Arizona recruit. The 19-year-old's advisor Kelly Williams says the guard could be a very rich man before turning 20.
"In all honesty, I think Brandon wants options," Williams said by phone to Parrish. "If he has the opportunity right now to make $800,000 from a team and get a shoe contract and make more than $1 million before he even goes into the draft, then why wouldn't he do that?"
I know college is the best time of one's life. I could imagine that being a role player in the NBA and making a few million dollars here and there ain't a bad way to exist either.
But $1 million before the age of 20? Twelve million before the age of 35 and treated like a golden god in Russia? Those ain't bad options either. And you can thank David Stern for creating those options.
His mission to globalize the game may reap billions for the league. But it's also created auxiliary markets for basketball players. The NCAA will likely get its first taste of this through Jennings. The league, while still the envied Dark Side, may start to see more role players fall through the Euro/Asia cracks -- particularly if the U.S. dollar keeps crapping out vs. it's Old World currency counterparts.
First Terence Morris, next, Dan Dickau. You heard it here first.
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