Brandon Jennings To Go Overseas…But Where?

Brandon JenningsEveryone, including myself, has been all gung-ho Brandon Jennings going overseas for a year before playing in the NBA.  He will be sticking his middle finger up towards the NBA and its silly one-and-done rule and will have an opportunity to make a six-figure salary while his colleagues are playing for universities bound by rules of amateurism, which do not allow student-athletes to make any money, receive rides around campus, or earn a free dinner at the campus Hillel house.  If all works out according to Brandon’s plans, it truly will be a groundbreaking, bold move and Jennings will be remembered as being the pioneer who helped bring about needed change.  But what if this whole experiment turns into one big bust?

A big misconception that many people have is that they believe going overseas is going overseas just like playing in the NBA is playing in the NBA.  What I mean is that if you play in the NBA, you are in a league with the best of the best, all in two conferences with inter-conference play.  Overseas, there are tons of different leagues and many countries have more than one league, ranked by the talent of its players.  Luis Fernández, Director of International Scouting for believes that Jennings has a very tough choice to make and that if he were smart, he would choose a lower-level league that will allow him great exposure even if it were to mean that Brandon would not be making the $300,000+ he thinks he deserves.

Fernández feels that Jennings would be smart to choose between an Italian league (smaller amount of options), France, Israel, or Turkey (where they are prone to default on payments).  If he chooses to chase the money, Jennings may be eaten up alive in Spain.  Let’s see what route Jennings and his advisors decide to take.  His decision will not only affect his development and future earning earning potential, but will shape the NBA and its one-and-done rule for the foreseeable future.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

4 replies on “Brandon Jennings To Go Overseas…But Where?”

Forget the level of play…this is a KID coming out of high school. He may do well or exceptionally well over seas but the bigger issue is his mental toughness. Many young athletes who get scholarships to schools outside there state return home because they become “home sick”. Imagine not only being in a different state but in a DIFFERENT COUNTRY! If he’s not ready for such a drastic change(which he probably isn’t) don’t be surprised after actually spending sometime overseas the KID will be coming back home to MOMMY.

I think it will be difficult for him in the beginning. But the rules have changed so much in Europe, it’s almost like playing in the United States. There are some teams that have 5 or more American players and the coach speaks english or they have a english translator. I would suggest that Brandon and his team of experts, get some expert help to make sure that this year or two years are very successful for him. (IF) they handle this right, it will be great. (IF) they screw it up and make the wrong decisions, everybody will be saying I told you so.
Good luck with launching Dynasty.


You are right…besides just level and style of play, his mental toughness will be tested based on the country he chooses. There is a big difference in quality of life between a country like Kosovo and Israel. In Kosovo, you are taking craps in a hole, in Israel you go to the beach on a Saturday and see beautiful models everywhere. Note: This is not a sponsored comment by the state of Israel!

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