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Teenager ditches high school to play pro basketball in Israel

It was bound to happen sometime:
http://highschool.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=975391

If Jeremy were my son, I'd tell him to stay put and get his high school diploma, then he could do whatever he wanted after that. As an outside observer, however, I can't fault Jeremy or his parents for making this move. It's quite obvious that basketball is going to be his future profession, so this allows him to get used to the rigors of a pro schedule until he's eligible for the NBA Draft in 2011. It also allows him to be legally compensated for his services, instead of whoring for (insert NCAA Division I school here) for a year and getting nothing above the table in return. I think we'll be seeing more of this in the immediate future.

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LOL! He aint gonna be fit enough to be a basketball player forever. What if he gets injured? What will he do for money then?


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LOL! He aint gonna be fit enough to be a basketball player forever. What if he gets injured? What will he do for money then?
He's only 18, so any injury would almost have to be life-threatening in order to end his basketball career right now. If that were to happen, though, I would think that his agent is smart enough to have am insurance policy attached to his contract. If not, he could always get his high school diploma or G.E.D, and use the $140,000 to pay for college.

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LOL! He aint gonna be fit enough to be a basketball player forever. What if he gets injured? What will he do for money then?
A year as a rookie in the NBA is enough to live comfortably for a lonnnnnng time.
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A year as a rookie in the NBA is enough to live comfortably for a lonnnnnng time.
Besides, Andre Agassi never finished high school, and he turned out OK.

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I think this is fine. For instance, if I had a daughter who was really good at Figure Skating and she wanted to compete at 16, I'd say go ahead instead of waiting till like 21 when she might be over the hill.

HOWEVER, I would still stress private tuition and independent learning at the same time. Even if it means I must be the one kind of homeschooling.

Education isn't about making a living. Education is about instilling in young people a passion for learning. A passion for seeking out knowledge. You can be the richest person in the world materialistically but poor in knowledge.

In fact, having this sort of talent gives you even more opportunities for education. If I were a famous sportsperson and had a lot of money, I'll be going to University after University.

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The cutie(he's 18....I know...I'm a pig) was right and justified in signing. When people have this argument back and forth, we never consider exactly what economic circumstances help determine these decisions.

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Moses Malone skipped college when that was unheard of in the NBA (as I recall, he started in the ABA not long B4 the merger) and became a Hall of Famer. Whereas another Sixer center, "Chocolate Thunder" Darryl Dawkins had only a so-so NBA career coming straight out of high school, and is better known for breaking backboards.

Anyhow, Lebron's success was sure to make this more "fashionable". And frankly these guys have a point, best expressed by legendary sportswriter Frank Deford: that (men's) college basketball and college football are huge cash cows for the big schools, and the players (who its illegal to pay, though "boosters" sometimes quietly do) are in a legal form of slavery.

So I guess it was only a matter of time until this spread to other countries, and to high school level. (The days of 4 year college careers are largely history for the very talented; much more common is Carmelo Anthony going pro after a year @ Syracuse) Of course Magic sort of started that trend by leaving Michigan State after (1 year or 2, Darrin?) for the riches of a Lakers career.
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Thanks for the info
As you can probably tell professional basketball is not very popular in Ireland


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Moses Malone skipped college when that was unheard of in the NBA (as I recall, he started in the ABA not long B4 the merger) and became a Hall of Famer. Whereas another Sixer center, "Chocolate Thunder" Darryl Dawkins had only a so-so NBA career coming straight out of high school, and is better known for breaking backboards.

Anyhow, Lebron's success was sure to make this more "fashionable". And frankly these guys have a point, best expressed by legendary sportswriter Frank Deford: that (men's) college basketball and college football are huge cash cows for the big schools, and the players (who its illegal to pay, though "boosters" sometimes quietly do) are in a legal form of slavery.

So I guess it was only a matter of time until this spread to other countries, and to high school level. (The days of 4 year college careers are largely history for the very talented; much more common is Carmelo Anthony going pro after a year @ Syracuse) Of course Magic sort of started that trend by leaving Michigan State after (1 year or 2, Darrin?) for the riches of a Lakers career.
Magic left after two years, JR, and he was the one who made the NBA's "hardship rule" null and void. It used to be that the NBA would allow players to enter the draft early if they could prove their family was under a financial hardship. When Magic applied for early entry, the league's argument against it was the fact that Earvin Johnson Sr. earned $100,000 a year. Magic's counter to the league's counter was that since his dad had a wife and 14 kids to take care of, $100,000 wasn't really a lot of money. The league gave Magic a wink, granted him the right to enter the draft, and the floodgates opened after that. Commissioner David Stern tried to close them with the age limit (U.S. players must be at least one year removed from high school and 19 years of age by the end of that calendar year before entering the draft, and international players must turn 19 during the calendar year of the draft), which led to Brandon Jennings going to Europe right out of high school last year, which led to Jeremy Tyler dropping out of high school to play in Israel this year. I don't blame the players at all for doing it, because the NCAA's rules are ridiculous. For instance, Danny Ainge signed a professional baseball contract and actually played some games for the Toronto Blue Jays while still being eligible to play college basketball for Brigham Young University; if Ainge had taken a job flipping burgers at McDonald's, he would have had to forfeit his scholarship. Like you said, JR, college football and basketball players are slaves of the schools they play for.

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