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There are always players who don’t want to go to college after their done with high school. The problem is, even if you’re a great NBA prospect, you’ll have to wait a year before you’ll be eligible for the draft. Some of them decide to go to college after all, but others take a different road and skip college to go and play overseas.

Here are some examples of players who were successful doing so and eventually made it to the NBA.

Brandon Jennings

Jennings was a very successful high school athlete, and he even won several awards, among which the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award, the EA Sports Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year. The future was looking great for him, as a lot of people ranked him as the number one prospect of his class.

In 2006, Jennings announced he would go to USC, but changed his mind a couple of months later, and committed to the Arizona Wildcats. But, in the end, he decided that college basketball wasn’t for him, and that he could get more experience playing in the Euroleague, and that he could already make money at the same time.

He was signed by the Lottomatica Roma in Italy, a team that played in the Serie A as well as the Euroleague. And, as he was an interesting NBA prospect, Under Armour immediately offered him a contract. In that year, Jennings did a decent job in both leagues, but he didn’t really stand out.

Jennings was the 10th pick in the 2009 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Emmanuel Mudiay

During his high school years, Mudiay was considered to be the second-best recruit in his class, and was even expected to go 1st in the 2015 draft. At first, Mudiay had committed to the Southern Methodist University, but he changed his mind. He decided to follow Brandon Jennings example and sign a professional contract in China. So, for the year he had to wait to become eligible for the NBA draft, Mudiay signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

He wasn’t very successful with the Tigers, as he was injured after just 10 games, and ended up only played 12 official games in total. He did have decent numbers, as he averaged 18 points, 6 rebounds and almost 6 assists per game. Eventually, Mudiay became the 7th pick in the 2015 draft, six picks lower than everyone expected the year before.

 

Photo: Clutchpoints

There are always players who don’t want to go to college after their done with high school. The problem is, even if you’re a great NBA prospect, you’ll have to wait a year before you’ll be eligible for the draft. Some of them decide to go to college after all, but others take a different road and skip college to go and play overseas.

Here are some examples of players who were successful doing so and eventually made it to the NBA.

Brandon Jennings

Jennings was a very successful high school athlete, and he even won several awards, among which the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award, the EA Sports Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year. The future was looking great for him, as a lot of people ranked him as the number one prospect of his class.

In 2006, Jennings announced he would go to USC, but changed his mind a couple of months later, and committed to the Arizona Wildcats. But, in the end, he decided that college basketball wasn’t for him, and that he could get more experience playing in the Euroleague, and that he could already make money at the same time.

He was signed by the Lottomatica Roma in Italy, a team that played in the Serie A as well as the Euroleague. And, as he was an interesting NBA prospect, Under Armour immediately offered him a contract. In that year, Jennings did a decent job in both leagues, but he didn’t really stand out.

Jennings was the 10th pick in the 2009 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Emmanuel Mudiay

During his high school years, Mudiay was considered to be the second-best recruit in his class, and was even expected to go 1st in the 2015 draft. At first, Mudiay had committed to the Southern Methodist University, but he changed his mind. He decided to follow Brandon Jennings example and sign a professional contract in China. So, for the year he had to wait to become eligible for the NBA draft, Mudiay signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

He wasn’t very successful with the Tigers, as he was injured after just 10 games, and ended up only played 12 official games in total. He did have decent numbers, as he averaged 18 points, 6 rebounds and almost 6 assists per game. Eventually, Mudiay became the 7th pick in the 2015 draft, six picks lower than everyone expected the year before.

 

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