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Brandon Jennings, Pro-Basketball Player
Who is the next great prospect in basketball? Brandon Jennings is...
With millions of basketball players all around the world trying to make it big in America, it is extremely difficult to narrow the picks down to who will be the next great NBA player. Players from Europe are always trying to come over to America for that big paycheck to play basketball. But a kid named Brandon Jennings did the complete opposite of this and first went to Europe to play basketball, pretty strange? He does have his reasons though. As you will read on about Brandon Jennings you will learn how he became such a great star and how he might be that future of basketball that everyone is looking for. He may not be the next Micheal Jordan or the net Kobe Bryant, but this young man will come a long way and with the number he is putting up at such a young age, he reminds me of LeBron James. Like LeBron this kid has the skill and athleticism to play the game, and over the years could develop into a great player like Kobe did and what James is doing now. Read the following and become aware of the future.
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Jennings the Prodigy
Jennings at Oak Hill High School
Breaking Down Jennings
This basketball prodigy was born in Compton California on September 23 1989. His parents Alice and Byran Jennings were inspiring adults who helped Jennings get through his hard young childhood. As Jennings got older and older his skill was being noticed more. To keep him off the bad street of Compton, his parents wanted Jennings to play basketball. In which he did, and pretty much dominated in the sport his whole life. Senior year at his high school, Oak Hill Academy, Jennings recorded an average of 32.7 points per game, 7.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game. It seems as if Jennings embarrassed opposing team putting up high school number like that. Remember, in high school the quarters are only 8 minutes long opposed to the 15 minutes played at the professional level. In high school he earned many prestigious awards and became the record holder for most points scored in a season at his high school.With the numbers and the heart Jennings gave on the court it was expected that he was in store for a bright future.
Gatorade Player of The Year
Awards and Recognitions Recieved in Highschool
- 2005 Press Telegram Freshmen Player of the Year
- Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Les Schwab Invitational Tournament
- Co-MVP of the 2007 Elite 24 Hoops Classic (
- 2007 Las Vegas Easter Classic Most Valuable Player
- 2007 NBAPS Top 100 High School Camp Best Playmaker
- 2007 The Goazcats.com Showdown Most Valuable Player
- 2008 Naismith Male Player of the year
- 2007–08 Gatorade Player of the year Virginia
- 2008 Parade Magazine Player of the Year
- 2008 EA SPORTS National Player of the Year
- 2008 McDonald's All-American
- 2007–08 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
- 2008 Jordan Brand Classic Most Valuable Player for the East
- No. 1 rated senior by ESPN (2008)
- No. 1 rated senior by Van Coleman Hoopmaster (2008)
- No. 1 rated senior by Clark Franics Hoopscoop (2007 and 2008)
- No. 1 rated senior by Dave Telep Scout.com 2008
After high school, in 2006, Jennings verbally committed to the University of Southern California. He then changed his mind about his decision and wanted to attend the University of Arizona, where he thought Arizona's academic quality was better and he also wanted to bunk beds with Jerryd Bayless. Bayless was a basketball player at Arizona in 2007 but left in 2008 to go to the the the National Basketball Association. At Arizona there was a problem though, Jennings couldn't pass the entrance exam. Even after multiple attempts Jennings wasn't able to pass the seemingly difficult task, and announced that he wanted to be the only player in America to skip college and go to Europe to play the sport he loved. Due to the rules and regulations of the league Jennings was unable to attend the 2007 draft. The regulations of the draft included that the player entering the draft must be 19 years old and has to be one year out of high school. At the time it seemed as if Jennings could be a major disappointment, but proved the critics wrong.
Jennings in Europe
On July 16, 2008 Jennings signed with Lottomatica Roma, which is a Lega A in Italy. He signed the contract for 1.65 million for one year guaranteed. After this deal under armor gave Jennings a 2 million dollar contract to advertise their products in Europe. During Jennings's stay in Europe he was worth a net profit of 3 million dollars, where as in Arizona he would be riding on a scholarship not getting paid a dime. This isn't a bad deal coming straight out of high school considering the fact that the common salary straight out of college is 36,000 dollars. In Europe Jennings did mediocre recording only 7.6 points per game and only 1.6 assists per game. It doesn't sound that great but he played in only 16 games and averaged 19 minutes per game. This didn't give Jennings much of a chance to play his game right, but the practice was needed and the money was not to shabby. Jennings did not dominate in the Euroleague, but what do you expect when the kid is in a totally new atmosphere, he is 18 years old, and got a limited amount of playing time. Jennings patience will serve him well though, because once the season ended it was back to America for the NBA Draft.
Jennings and the Bucks
Jennings Comes Home
After a year in Europe Jennings came home to become a professional basketball player for the NBA. He was picked 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks for 2.2 million, and what a steal it ended up being for Milwaukee. On October 30, 2009 Jennings made his NBA debut against the Philadelphia 76's. Jennings racked up the stats producing 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists in 34 minutes. On November 14, 2009, Jennings scored 55 points, one point away from passing the legend Earl Monroe for most points scored by a rookie. Right behind LeBron James, Brandon Jennings's 55 was the second highest point score in one game by a player under 21 years of age. Jennings did not stop after this game though. As a matter a fact he became even more of a threat on the floor against their next opponent the Dallas Mavericks where he couldn't be shut down and almost had a triple-double. He had 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists in the tough game against the Mavs. Brandon Jennings has put together a performance so far this season averaging 21.5 points per game and 5.8 assists. He is currently 20 years old and seems to be staying around for a while. Brandon Jennings is the big story this season and I think he will be the next big thing. Keep following number 3 because this guy is going to be the next legend of basketball.