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Should Kansas University basketball player Brandon Rush go pro?

Asked at Jefferson's Restaurant, 743 Mass. on April 27, 2007

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Photo of April Naster

“If he didn’t go pro last year and didn’t really improve his position in the draft, then why go pro now when he can still improve? The NBA isn’t going anywhere.”

Photo of Cassandra Emeneger

“Yeah. Why wait? I don’t really know that much about it, but why would he pass it up if that’s what he wants to do in the long run anyway?”

Photo of Chris Harris

“I don’t think he should go pro. Every mock draft I’ve seen has him going late in the first or early in the second round. If it’s as deep a draft as people say it is, maybe he’d have better luck next year.”

Photo of Sarah Noulles

“No. I don’t think he should go pro. I always kind of thought Rush was overrated until it was crunch time in the tournament and he really came through.”


ohjayhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Wow, with this new format, they sure have made the Big! OTS hard to find!

Anyway, on topic, I think he'd be better served to stay another year, but I can't begrudge him for at least testing the waters. His reasoning about being a 23 year old rookie if he waits another year is very logical. I wish him the best no matter how this plays out.

jonas 11 years, 1 month ago

This seems like a smart decision. He can back out if he wants to, and he can see where he'll end up standing. If he's going to be placed high enough, there's no reason for him to stick around for next year to improve his position.

Still, I'd like him to stay, for purely selfish reasons. He's a good player, and he'll only get better.

jonas 11 years, 1 month ago

commentary from david ryan on the new format forum says that an OTS link from the front page is forthcoming.

Flap Doodle 11 years, 1 month ago

My little picture looks just like everybody else's picture. :(

mom_of_three 11 years, 1 month ago

No, I don't want Rush to go, but it seems he has made a right decision so far by not hiring an agent, and being able to come back to school if he decides to.
But his brothers left school early, and has it worked out for them?

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

RI, "I recluse myself"...does that mean you are sprouting 2 extra pair of limbs and getting a big violin tattoo on your back?

Rush: as long as he doesn't get an agent, but then I really have no feelings on the subject.

Prospector, that is one nutritional recommendation that I'll adhere to.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 1 month ago

I have to admit that I didn't notice the lack of a main page link for the BIG! OTS. I never even go through the main page anymore; I just go directly here:

As far as Brandon Rush ... if he doesn't want to be at Kansas, he won't be particularly enjoyable if he does stay. If he really wants to jump to the NBA, it's probably better for KU if he leaves.

mikeisthename 11 years, 1 month ago

Rush has a lot to live up to with being part of a basketball family. Older bro JaRon went to UCLA then went pro and tanked. Kareem stayed regional at Mizzou (boo hiss), was a solid player and is now entrenched on a NBA bench somewhere. Brandon does not to end up like his older brothers. Family pride is at stake here for them. They may have delusions of grandeur of Brandon being the next so and so.
To paraphrase a Clash song, "Should he stay or should he go?" He has a lot on his shoulders with family expectations. I think he should go to the NBA, the league that deals in potential. He does have that in huge doses.

Marco Moona Temple 11 years, 1 month ago

GO BRANDON, GO!! Best of luck at the next level.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

why, when you click on the little white person in the blue box, does it go to the top of the page? Do we all have to be white in a blue box? Maybe I'd like to be blue in a white in a yellow box...

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

dear gawds, i'm gone for a week to get surged&i come back to ots&find THIS??? wowzer. and yes snap, we are all as one, now. not sure i'm liking this. i like your idea ss, at the very least could we not choose a color for our background, silhouette, etc?? i'd like to be maybe a nice shade of lilac. or green. or oh i don't know, this is just WEIRD! CHANGE! aggghhhhh!!!!

as for rush? awww c'mon, puhleaase stay?!

back to the pain meds&nappy time.

jonas 11 years, 1 month ago

sue: Maybe soon we can upload pictures for our blue guys! I've got great ones.

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

sooo, are you now a reticent recluse? or a reticent recusererer? (spell check doesn't like it no matter how many ers I add :)

Rush is wanting to leave? Is there no end to the ways in which President Bush tries to make us suffer? Now he's manipulating our players to leave school and run with the big dogs! Must be because KU sits in the middle of the only blue dot in Kansas.

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

trinity, must be the meds, everything looks the same to me :)

Linda Aikins 11 years, 1 month ago

I like what April said. But I hope if he does bolt, he does well.

How do you change your email address in this silly database? If you try to contact me through LJW, it goes to my old email. I've asked for help, but (sob sob) been ignored...

Confrontation 11 years, 1 month ago

"I always kind of thought Rush was overrated"

Should a waitress/bartender really being calling Rush overrated? Sounds like someone needs to focus on her own career and ignore his.

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

Until the caste system is officially launched a waitress/bartender, or anyone else for that matter, may express their opinions . . . even about basketball players! Others might question whether or not you should be underrating her.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

RI, Im can't think of one thing you've never been irreverent about...'cept maybe your propensity to promote propaganda by propagating profuse "P" postulations! :)

Flap Doodle 11 years, 1 month ago

Good one there, TOB. Obscure, but okay.

RonBurgandy 11 years, 1 month ago

They need to put a little more space between the "suggest removal" and the poster's name. At least on my screen it's like it's telling me to suggest the removal of the poster.

Rush'll be back.

paladin 11 years, 1 month ago

I'm kinda thinkin he meby might outa stay in school and get some more book learnin. Meby get a edeecation, even gradeeate. That's what college kids go ta school fer, ain't it? Meby its stupid ta quit on his schoolin. I went ta college and got me some deegrees and I ain't got a pot ta pee in. Jest who's stupid? Who's the chump?

coolmom 11 years, 1 month ago

normally i am a stay in school type but as the hubbie pointed out if he goes in the first round he could stand to make a lot of money. hard to pass that up especially if the basketball time in finite.

beatrice 11 years, 1 month ago

Yes, he should go pro. How else will he ever be able to afford the rising cost of gas.

Tom McCune 11 years, 1 month ago

He's already gone pro. He's just moving from the minor leagues to the bigs.

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