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April 27, 2008



gee. be a top 5 pick and make millions or go back to help lute olson have a top 10 team

rough call


To each his own, but what if Jerryd gets hurt during the team workouts? He's already signed an agent and now can't go back to school. Didn't that happen to Brandon Rush?

He's just giving up the option. I guess if you can get a shoe deal done before the draft it might be worth it, but I would keep all my options open just to be safe.

acie earl

i think its both at fault, im sure coach olson didnt have the influence he did on the kid since he sat out the entire year,and now days these kids dont rely on the coaches as father figures as much as the dean smith, john thompson era, these just kids have a plan way before they get to college, like oj mayo and beasley. rose ect, so if olson wanted to interject his will, he shouldve reached out to the kid himself

Nate Jones

It's kind of funny that Coach Olson would get upset about this when he allowed Rob Pelinka to come in and sign Marcus Williams when he wasn't even guaranteed to be a first round pick. There must be some special relationship with Rob and Coach Olson or someone at Arizona going on as he has signed Marcus Williams, Channing Frye, and Andre Iguodala over the last few years. Iguodala was also an underclassmen, but you didn't here this same stuff from Lute back then either. Is he upset that Jerryd is leaving, or that Jerryd is signing with someone that he doesn't have a connection with (Jeff Schwartz). From all accounts, Jeff Schwartz is very good at what he does and Jerryd is guaranteed to be a top ten pick.

And Matt: I'm sure that Jerryd has already secured some sort of insurance policy that would aid him in case of any pre-draft/pre-contract injury.

Here are Pelinka's clients: http://www.draftexpress.com/agents/Rob-Pelinka-99/


It's unfortunate that Olson expressed anything other than complete support of Bayless's decision. If Olson coached Bayless his freshman year, perhaps he would have been more involved in the decision to go pro and also the decision to sign with an agent. As far as citing Brandon Rush as a reason not to sign, I am not sure that is all that compelling -- yes there is a chance of major injury, such as an ACL, but the odds are still pretty slim. The NCAA rule that allows a player is the ability to return to school is great for those who had not business leaving school in the first place. Bayless is not in that category. My attitude for those players projected in the top 10 is if you're going declare for the NBA draft, go all out and show the NBA that you're fully committed.

Marc Isenberg

The NCAA allows players the one-time opportunity to "test the NBA waters." While this is a lifeline to many college players who won't be picked as high as expected, it does come with several caveats:
1) Must maintain amateur status: that means not signing with agent, accepting extra benefits, including someone who might offer to pay for training).
2) Stay in school: Players who wish to keep their options open must remain enrolled in school.
3) Limit team workouts to 48 hours -- and no missed class time! This is especially difficult for schools on the quarter system, which don't end until early June.

NBA teams can also pay travel expenses for workouts as long as the trips last no longer than 48 hours and no classes are missed. I am glad the NCAA provides much-needed flexibility to those who might otherwise get lost in the shuffle, but people should keep in mind it's not as simple as, DON'T SIGN WITH AN AGENT.

My friend Jay Bilas and many others abhor the "testing the waters" rule, mostly because of the upheaval it causes college programs, which is understandable. But I still think the good far outweighs the bad. And most coaches know that players who leave do so for the right reasons and those who come back are typically humbled and ready to go to back work, both on and off the court.

For guys like Bayless, Beasley, Mayo and Love, they are better off making the full commitment to the NBA. And their college programs are well served by being able to move on.

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