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Ryan Blake, assistant director of scouting for the NBA, provides teams with a report on every player in the draft. The dossier for Brandon Jennings includes an asterisk. Jennings, the first player to skip college and play professionally in Europe, was used sparingly by Pallacanestro Virtus Roma of the Italian League. That left talent evaluators little information on his progress. Thus, the asterisk, and Blake’s unwillingness to predict where Jennings will be picked Thursday in the NBA draft. "I’m absolutely clueless on this," Blake said.

From an article about Brandon Jennings. I'm not prepared to say that playing in Europe hurt his draft position, but it certainly didn't appear to have helped. Here's another way that making it easier for high school players to spend a year in the D-League would benefit NBA teams - more information on a player, including potential reasons why he may not have played much. The article also outlines a few situations in which playing in Europe really would have hurt Jennings's prospects, but I don't think they're that likely, at least in this case. (Sorry for all the Fanshots. Just trying to make up for my time off)

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