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Make ’em say Huh?

Posted by Nathan Atkins on March 13, 2009

Percy Miller Jr.

Percy Miller Jr.

Percy Miller Jr.

Percy Miller Jr.

Percy Miller Jr.

Say his name five times and he appears  like Candyman.

Unlike Candyman though, Romeo won’t be killing anyone or anything anytime soon, not while he’s riding the bench at USC.

Percy Jr. is the son of No Limit Record artist and P. Miller Enterprises CEO Percy Miller; (also known by the stage name Master P).

Percy Sr. is not your average rapper, he graduated from the University of Houston and quickly became one of the first rapper-entrepreneurs.

In 1998, Master P ranked 10th on Forbes 40 highest paid entertainers; his income was estimated to be about $56.5 million dollars a year.

Percy Miller became a music mogul as a result of his rap persona Master P. In 1998, he was estimated to have an annual income of over 56 million dollars

Percy Miller became successful as a result of his rap persona Master P and his record label No Limit Records. In 1998, Forbes ranked him the 10th on their "40 Highest Paid Entertainers" list.

Miller continued his business ventures by starting No Limit Sports, a sports talent agency. Their biggest client was Ricky Williams; Williams’s rookie contract in New Orleans was none other than the handiwork of Master P and his associate Leland Hardy.

No Limit Sports represented Ron Mercer and Ricky Davis as well.

Percy Sr. even has a little bit of game.

In 1998 he received a contract to play for the Charlotte Hornets, the following year he had a try out with the Toronto Raptors, but was cut in the preseason.

In 2004, Miller played for the ABA Las Vegas Rattlers after playing a year in the CBA with the Fort Wayne Fury.

Miller has currently given up his hoops aspirations and become a family man; and he is not unlike most parents.

As most parents would, Miller would like to see his son do two things: live longer than him, and be more successful than he was.

The first is out of his hands, as for the second? Well Miller Sr.  has done everything within his ability to ensure that it happens, especially on the basketball court.

Congratulations, Mr. Miller. Romeo is now a freshman point guard at USC, a spot that he gained not as a result of his athletic ability but as the result of your social status and business savvy.

In 2006, Romeo was invited to the Reebok ABCD Camp.

The ABCD camp is the holy grail  for prep basketball players; an invitation to this camp means that you have some serious talent.

A few previous attendees of the camp are current NBA players:

Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Tracy McGrady.

The fact that Romeo was invited would cause most to assume that he is a high caliber athlete.

But in the words of the legendary Lee Corso, “Not so fast my friend”

Romeo only averaged two points a game at the ABCD; he was clearly over matched and definitely out of place. It caused many people to question why director of the camp, Sonny Vaccaro extended the invitation to Miller. In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Vaccaro said he invited Miller to the camp as a favor to his father, Percy Miller Sr.

Sonny Vaccaro went on to say, “If your looking for the profile of an athlete who plays basketball at USC, he’s not it”

But if he’s not good enough to play at USC, how did he get there?

Ask  Head Coach, Tim Floyd.

In the same article, Floyd told the WSJ, “Last April…Percy Miller called while driving both players from a tournament in Fayetteville, Ark…Percy Miller said ‘DeMar and Romeo are ready to make their decision, and would you like to have them both on scholarship?’…’I said absolutely”.

This DeMar fellow that Floyd and Miller both mention?

Well he  is none other than DeMar DeRozan.

A 6 foot 6 inch All-American forward.

In 2007, DeRozan was the fifth best player in the country, and a five star recruit according to Scout.com. Romeo Miller on the other hand was unranked, with one star. Romeo had no other division one offers other than USC.

Is Miller a bad player though?

No.

The 5’11 180 pound junior averaged 13.9 points and 5.6 assists in 2007. His senior year though he only averaged 8.6 points and 9.0 assists.

He only played in eight games though due to a strained hip flexor and bruised knee. He sat out to get ready for college basketball. (Good idea since he didn’t have options other than USC).

Romeo Miller was invited to the prestigious ABCD camp and was given a scholarship to USC. However, after a recent statement by USC coach Tim Floyd, it has been made apparent Romeos accomplishments are a result of his dads fame.

Romeo Miller (left) was invited to the prestigious ABCD camp and given a scholarship to USC. However, after a recent statement by USC coach Tim Floyd, it has been made apparent Romeo's accomplishments are a result of his dad, Percy Miller's (right) fame.

In my opinion, Percy Miller Jr is a division two player.

He could potentially play division one basketball for a mid major team (ex: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Oakland University in Michigan, etc.)

But USC?

Well Sonny Vaccaro already said no, and after this year I’m guessing Tim Floyd would share the same sentiment.

Romeo is averaging 0.5 ppg, 0.2 apg, 0.3 rpg and is shooting 33% from the free throw line.

God awful right? Well that’s because he only plays two minutes a game!

As Bob Gibbons of the recruiting service All-Star Sports  said in the WSJ article, “It’s rare to give a scholarship to someone who may never play”

Its rare because scholarships do not come cheap, especially not at USC.

The scholarship Romeo received is estimated to be about $44,000  a year.

I’m not upset with Romeo for taking the scholarship, its most athlete’s dream to play at the division one level, so I understand completely.

But I wonder, what about the walk-ons, and the kids who might have more talent but have just lost a spot on the roster thanks to Romeo’s father.

Also, what about the kid who didn’t get an invitation to the ABCD camp because his dad wasn’t a music mogul?

A former coach of mine used to say, “Cliches are cliches, because they are true”

So here is a cliche that has once again been proven true: Life isn’t fair.

And in my opinion, it’s a sad day when a team will sacrifice talent for ticket sales.

I leave you with two videos, one of DeMar DeRozan a high school All-American, who is now averaging 12.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg for the Trojans; and the other is Romeo Miller freshman point guard for USC.

You decide which one looks like a division one prospect and which one doesn’t.

DeMar DeRozan

Percy “Romeo” Miller Jr

Highlight Video

-Nate


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For Sale: Alex Smith $4M or Best Offer

Posted by Nathan Atkins on March 11, 2009

If you’re in the Bay Area anytime soon, stop by Monster Park (formerly Candlestick Park) and check out the 49ers yard sale that’s going on.

Chances are you will see former first overall pick, former starting quarterback, Alex Smith available. I’m not sure how much Mike Singletary will be selling him for, fifty cents maybe?

For $1.50 you can get Alex Smith,  and a dirty, semi-broken lawn chair that Singletary doesn’t use anymore.

If this were a MasterCard commercial, Alex Smith wouldn’t be priceless, he’d be worthless.

After floundering from day one the first overall pick in the 2005 draft finally flopped.

San Francisco was hoping Smith could come in and, well I’m not sure what they expected from him.

After drafting Alex Smith with the first overall pick in 2005, the 49ers have been nothing but dissapointed. Smith has thrown for only completed 54.4 percent of his passes, while throwing for 4,679 yards, 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions

After drafting Alex Smith with the first overall pick in 2005, the 49ers have been nothing but dissapointed. Smith has thrown for only completed 54.4 percent of his passes, while throwing for 4,679 yards, 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions

His rookie year he played in nine games and threw one touchdown, and eleven interceptions. But as most teams do, San Francisco wrote it off as Smith’s transition year, he needed time to get adjusted to the NFL.

Well..three years later Smith has thrown twenty more interceptions and only eighteen more touchdowns, putting him at a whopping 19-31 ratio of  touchdowns to interceptions.

In 2008, Smith didn’t even start! He was beaten by J.T. O’Sullivan

When O’Sullivan took over the starting role in San Fran in 2008, he was on his ninth team in six years. (Not to mention a year in Germany playing for the NFL Europe’s Frankfurt Galaxy)

A sixth round pick, division two, journeyman quarterback beat out a first round pick, division one, Heisman finalist.

Alex is not a dumb man though, while at Utah, Smith graduated in two years with a degree in economics. Smith’s marketplace savvy is probably the only reason why he’s still with the 49ers today.

Smith took a pay cut coming into this year. Instead of the $9.625 million he was slated to make, Smith will now make 4 million, numbers comparable to the average NFL back up quarterback.

Josh, if you need some advice on what to do try calling: Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, Akili Smith, Cade Mcnown, and more recently Kyle Boller.

The time has come Josh to accept your fate. After your contract is up in San Francisco, your future is as uncertain as the economy’s.

I heard there’s an opening for Deputy Treasury Secretary available.

Enough about Alex Smith. He’s  four years ago’s news.

What will San Francisco do in 2009?

Sanchez threw for 3,695 yards, 41 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in only 17 games at USC. He is projected to be a first round pick and is the second best quarterback in the NFL Draft.

Sanchez threw for 3,695 yards, 41 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in only 17 games at USC. He is projected to be a first round pick and is the second best quarterback in the NFL Draft.

Draft Mark Sanchez.

He’s better than Alex Smith, but has only had one year of playing time.

He should have stayed. But he didn’t and is still the best pick for San Francisco in 2009.

If the 49ers don’t draft Sanchez, then Shaun Hill will be the starter.

Hill completed 62.8 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,046 yards 13 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 2008.

In 2008, Sanchez threw for 3,207 yards, 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He did it in impressive fashion, completing 65.8 percent of his passes and leading USC to a Rose Bowl victory; Sanchez completed an impressive 80.0 percent of his passes, threw for 415 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 38-24 blowout of Penn State.

The 6’2 227 pound Sanchez seems to be the best pick for San Francisco. Mark Sanchez is the local legend, from his days at Mission Viejo to his recent success at USC. Sanchez is only about a six hour drive away from Singletary and the ‘9ers right now. And he is a local boy; he chose USC over Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State based on its proximity to home.

It’s more than likely he still wants to stay close to home, and where else other then San Francisco?

Though Shaun Hill was a solid contributor in 2008, he only played nine games. It is still unknown as to whether or not he will lead San Francisco to a championship.

Even Singletary has not yet been sold on Hill, Singletary seems to follow a strange coaching strategy these days in the NFL; he plays the best player, not the one being paid the most money.

Other than lack of experience, I can’t see why the 49ers would be turned off of Sanchez. They could use an offensive lineman, but spending  the tenth pick on a lineman is a waste. The ‘9ers also need to improve on defense, but a pass rushing end will be available later in the draft.

A quality quarterback may not be.

With the tenth pick in the 2009 NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers should select Matt Sanchez, quarterback University of Southern California.

-Nate

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