More The Terrible Price of Freedom
I know we promised you the Recluse's Jennings reflections, but dude has a real job and was also intimidated by SML's comments.
So instead, here's my one worthwhile point: Let's not forget how many high school draft picks didn't actually know how to play basketball. And isn't Jennings exactly the kind of player who would never have gone straight to the pros? But who, apparently, has exactly the skill set, and game, to do things overseas. Remember, plenty of small-ish guards end up in Europe and make a decent living there. They may not play a Euro game, but they can play and make sense in a group dynamic.
One the other hand, imagine Josh Smith heading to Spain instead of college. Given international ball's hierarchies, premium placed on experience and some order, would he really have gotten the star treatment? Think how many raw international players get no minutes in their own league, but go first round and are developed in America.
In short, this a false hope. It allows guys who might eventually end up in Europe anyway to get there faster. But for a lot of the guys we most associate with THE JUMP, it's a non-starter, unless they want the experience of going thousands of miles away to be humbled—when at least in college, coaches know that one-and-done talents need to be gotten the most out of.
The real question is whether a J.R. Smith or Gerald Green could this route. Poor grasp of the organized game, but having a little bit of skill to go with the physical wows.
UPDATE: A very important message from the older FD generation.