Apparently Jeff Teague and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll have something in common: they both told younger athletes who look up to them not to go pro early.
For Carroll, the former USC Trojan coach, it was then-quarterback Mark Sanchez.
For Teague, it was his little brother Marquis, according to FanNation.com.
Carroll infamously criticized Sanchez for leaving school early and said he was making a mistake entering the NFL draft.
Carroll’s excuse for not wanting Sanchez to leave USC early was because “the statistics don’t back up that it’s easy to be successful the way he’s going about it,” the coach said. “We know that, he knows that. … I don’t agree with the assessment of the decision,”
Jeff was no where near as ticked off by his brothers decision as Carroll evidently was about Sanchez’s, but nevertheless, both elders shared the same message.
Teague advised lil bro, a fellow freshmen teammate of No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis with the 2012 NCAA National Champion UK Wildcats, to stay back another year to “hone” his skills before declaring for the NBA draft.
But like Sanchez, who had just set a Rose Bowl record by passing for 413 yards and four touchdowns with a championship to cap off his last collegiate game, Marquis left school early and opted for the pros.
In the 2012 NBA draft, he was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 29th overall pick.
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much success.
With the Bulls, who have been without star point guard Derek Rose all season, Marquis, also a point guard, has only appeared in 45 games, averaging 2.2 points and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 38 percent.
Hopefully Marquis follows in Jeff’s footsteps, who also got off to a slow start in his career but is now one the top 15 PG’s in the NBA.
It’d be a shame to see him go down the Sanchez route.