Vernado gives up scolarship for the greater good of the team...
Old 08-20-2009, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why would Jarvis Varnado, the nation’s leading shot blocker the past two years, give up his scholarship the summer after he tested the NBA Draft waters? No, he wasn’t kicked off the squad - Varnado is doing it for the betterment of his team.

After Renardo Sidney and John Riek signed with Mississippi State this Spring, that pushed the Bulldogs’ scholarship count this year to 14 players, one over the limit. And although Sidney and Riek haven’t technically been cleared by the NCAA yet, after classes began on Monday, players currently on scholarship can’t be taken off of it. So Varnado and his family agreed to pay.

“We had discussed it with coach [Rick] Stansbury and he let us know that if Jarvis put his name in the draft, and he had a chance to get Renardo Sidney, we’ll take out a loan so he can come back to school,” Winston Varnado, Varnado’s father and the coach at West Point High School, said.

While this is certainly an unorthodox move, you gotta think it’s just a small hurdle before Varnado becomes a pro. Playing a front line of Riek (7-2), Sidney (6-10) and Varnado (6-9) could be the best in the country.

If you were in Varnado’s situation, would you give up your scholarship and pay for school?
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I can't think of another story like this.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think thats a great story, honestly. You can talk all day about how he is giving up a chance to play for free, and all this other stuff, but in the end, it's story about a kid, who good or bad, made a decision he thought was "for the team".

I assume.

If this is the case, he becomes a guy you put on your draft board if he's a good player. Already he shows signs of maturity some NBA adults don't even have. Thats so valuable when you're looking to win a Championship it isn't funny.

Good on this kid.
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Yeah, this story will no doubt be good for his draft position on draft boards throughout the league. It was a selfless act that won't have much of an impact on his long term life as long as he gets drafted in round one.
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I just seen him on Youtube.... hmm.

Still love his decision, but he might regret it if he doesn't get better

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Good kid, I'd have him on my team any day of the week. He did the right thing.
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