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17 y/o leaving HS to go pro in Europe

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by RickStain, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Don't think I saw this posted anywhere else, apologies if I did.


    I expect you'll see more of this in the future.
  2. Petrie

    Petrie Guest

    Does it get slimier than Sonny Vaccaro?
  3. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    Better he goes pro than pretend to go to school for a year.
  4. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    I don't agree. A year of college is still a year of college. To remain eligible he has to pass his classes. When has a year of college ever hurt someone?
  5. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    Torn here. I hope it works out for him because I don't wish anybody ill. But at the same time, I would hate to see this become a trend.
  6. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    When they blow out their knee and realize they would have made more money from a year in Europe than an entire career with a sports education degree.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I don't blame the kid for not wanting to take Senior English.
  8. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Yup, that happens all the time. ::)

    By that logic, no kid should ever go to college and play ball.
  9. Hammer Pants

    Hammer Pants Active Member

    No, but Worldwide Wes and others aren't too far behind.
  10. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    European and South American soccer clubs would like a word.
  11. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    No kid who is good enough to make a big payday in the pros should, imo.
  12. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    While I'd agree that Vaccaro is among the most unseemly figures in sports, but I don't get the criticism here. If this kid can get a European team to pay him six figures (how many of you earned six figures your first year out of college, let along high school) to play basketball, why shouldn't he be allowed? Because he hasn't "paid his dues"? Bullshit. This is no worse than a 17-year-old tennis player doing it. That doesn't always work out, but it doesn't always fail, either. A year overseas might teach him more than a year in high school and/or a year in college, where he'd be making Pitino or some other coach rich. I like that he's making an effort to graduate high school, and I'd submit that college is not for everyone. If he wants to do it this way, who are we to say he shouldn't?
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