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Brandon Jennings
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Milwaukee Bucks  – No. 3
Point Guard
Born September 23, 1989 (1989-09-23) (age 20)
Compton, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 169 lb (77 kg)
League NBA
High school Dominguez High School
(Compton, California)
Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
College None
Draft 1st round, 10th overall, 2009
Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 2008–present
Former teams Lottomatica Roma (2008–09)
Profile Info Page

Brandon Jennings (born September 23, 1989 in Compton, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) who plays at point guard.

Jennings was a highly acclaimed high school player, averaging 32.7 points and 7.4 assists as a senior, and won all major player of the year awards in his senior year. After graduating from Oak Hill Academy, he decided to play professional basketball with the Italian club Lottomatica Roma instead of playing collegiately for the University of Arizona Wildcats, leading to controversy and debate on the NBA's "prep-to-pro" policy adopted in 2006. After a year in Italy, Jennings declared for the 2009 NBA Draft and was selected by the Bucks tenth overall.

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Early life

Brandon Jennings was born to Alice Knox and Bryan Jennings. He has a brother named Terrence Phillips.[1]

High school

In his senior year of high school, Jennings averaged 32.7 points, 7.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game[2] and set the school record for points in a season. This performance earned him some of high school basketball’s most prestigious awards: the 2008 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award, 2007–08 Gatorade Player of the Year (Virginia), 2008 Parade Magazine Player of the Year and 2008 EA Sports Player of the Year.

He led his 2006–2007 team to a 41–1 record and the top ranking in the USA Today Super 25 list of high school teams.[3]

College plans

In August 2006, he chose to attend USC.

On April 24, 2007, he decided instead to join the University of Arizona Wildcats, citing Arizona's quality academic faculty and his desire to play with Jerryd Bayless. (Bayless left after one season to enter the 2008 NBA Draft.)[4]

In November 2007, SLAM Magazine’s third edition of PUNKS featured Jennings on the cover along with three other top-rated high school guards (Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Lance Stephenson).[5][6]

In June 2009, Jennings attended the premiere of Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch's basketball movie Gunnin' For That #1 Spot at the Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem. Also attending were Kevin Love, Lance Stephenson, Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez, DJ Augustin, and Adam Yauch. The film follows eight top high school players—including Jennings—from their hometowns to NYC, for the 2006 Elite 24 at Rucker Park.

In June 2008, Jennings announced that he was considering becoming the first American to skip college to play professionally in Europe. The NBA requires players to be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school before entering the league, meaning that Jennings could not enter the 2008 NBA draft. Jennings declared that his goal was to play in the NBA and that playing overseas instead of at an American college could be his best route to gain experience and make money until he was eligible to join the NBA.[7]

At the time, Jennings was ranked as the No. 1 prospective college freshman by Scout.com,[8] No. 1 by ESPN.com[9] and No. 4 by Rivals.com.[10]

Lottomatica Roma

On July 16, 2008, Jennings signed with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian Lega A.[11] The contract he signed with Roma was for $1.65 million net income guaranteed [12] and after earning the contract with Lottomatica, Under Armour gave Jennings a $2 million contract[13] to showcase their products in the Euroleague. Jennings was the first player to play for a European team rather than play for a college basketball team since the NBA's age restriction rule was implemented.

In the Italian Lega A 2008-09 season, Jennings averaged in 27 games, 5.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 steals in 17.0 minutes per game. He shot 35.1 percent from the field and 20.7 percent from 3 point range in Lega A play.[14] In 16 Euroleague games, Jennings averaged 7.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in 19.6 minutes per game. In the Euroleague he shot 38.7 percent from the field and 26.8 percent from 3 point range.[15]

NBA

Jennings was selected tenth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2009 NBA Draft. He became the first player who skipped college to play professional basketball in Europe to be drafted by an NBA team. Jennings also made a notable appearance at the draft. He had initially decided not to attend the draft and preferred to be at a family function during the draft. After he was drafted by the Bucks, he left the family function and headed to the Madison Square Garden. He later came out on the stage after the 14th pick was announced to have his picture taken with the NBA commissioner David Stern, just like all drafted players who attend the draft.[16]

Jennings during a game against the Detroit Pistons

During Jennings' NBA regular season debut on October 30, 2009 against the Philadelphia 76ers, Jennings recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, and hit 2 three-point shots, just shy of a triple-double and played 34 minutes. In the second game on October 31, 2009 against the Detroit Pistons, also the debut in Bradley Center, Jennings scored 16 points during the third quarter and a team-high 24 points for the game to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their first victory of the 2009–10 regular season.

On November 14, 2009, after a scoreless first quarter, Jennings scored 29 points in the 3rd quarter against Golden State en route to a total of 55 points in the game to break the team record for most points by a rookie, previously set by Lew Alcindor in 1970. Jennings' performance was the most points scored by a rookie since Earl "The Pearl" Monroe scored 56 in 1968. He became the youngest player to ever score 55, collecting the second-highest total for a player under 21, behind only LeBron James' 56 points in March 2005, and the second-most points scored by a Milwaukee Buck (behind Michael Redd's 57 in 2006).[17]

On February 2, 2010, he was selected to compete in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.[18]

Awards

  • 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 (with Tyreke Evans)
  • 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
  • Eastern Conference NBA Rookie of the Month (Oct./Nov. 2009)
  • Eastern Conference NBA Rookie of the Month (Dec. 2009)
  • Eastern Conference NBA Rookie of the Month (Jan. 2010)

Records

NBA records

  • Youngest player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a game
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  • 55, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors, 02009-11-14 November 14, 2009

Ranks 2nd in NBA history in:

  • Field goals made, quarter
  • 12, third quarter, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors, 02009-11-14 November 14, 2009
  • Tied with six other players who have made 12 field goals in a quarter
  • NBA record is held by David Thompson, with 13

Milwaukee Bucks franchise records
Rookie

  • Points, game, rookie: 55, vs. Golden State Warriors, 02009-11-14 November 14, 2009
  • Tied with multiple players for 4th highest tally in NBA history
  • Field goals made, game, rookie: 21, vs. Golden State Warriors, 02009-11-14 November 14, 2009

Franchise

  • Points, half: 45, second half, vs. Golden State Warriors, 02009-11-14 November 14, 2009
  • Points, quarter: 29, third quarter, vs. Golden State Warriors, 02009-11-14 November 14, 2009
  • Field goals made, half: 17, second half, vs. Golden State Warriors, 02009-11-14 November 14, 2009
  • Field goals made, quarter: 12, third quarter, vs. Golden State Warriors, 02009-11-14 November 14, 2009

References

  1. ^ Pete Thamel. "Family Keeps Teenage Pro Grounded". New York Times. October 4, 2008. Retrieved on November 11, 2009.
  2. ^ Nets Player Profile: Brandon Jennings. Retrieved on November 17, 2009.
  3. ^ Halley, Jim. "Super 25: Oak Hill Academy starts season on top". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/basketball/poll/2007-super25.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  4. ^ Pascoe, Bruce (2007-04-24). "Jennings took long route to Arizona.". Arizona Daily Star. http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/wildcats/184512. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  5. ^ Zagoria, Adam (2007-11-09). "The best high school guards in America". SLAM Magazine. http://slamonline.com/online/2007/11/the-best-high-school-guards-in-america/. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  6. ^ Brandon Jennings Signs With Under Armour
  7. ^ Rhoden, William (2008-06-23). "Old World Lesson for the New N.B.A.". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/23/sports/basketball/23rhoden.html?_r=1&em&ex=1214366400&en=a89b992b0e692eff&ei=5087%0A. 
  8. ^ "Scout.com: Men's Basketball Recruiting". http://scouthoops.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=9&c=4&cfg=bb&pid=88&yr=2008. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  9. ^ Watson, Jason. "ESPN – No. 1 prospect Jennings won't rest after successful summer". http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/basketball/mens/columns/story?columnist=lawlor_christopher&&id=2994855. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  10. ^ "Rivals.com Prospect Rankings". http://rivalshoops.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=1617. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  11. ^ Jennings goes pro, signs with Pallacanestro Virtus Roma.
  12. ^ ESPN article $1.65 million.
  13. ^ Jennings signed a $2 million contract with Under Armour.
  14. ^ Brandon Jennings Italian League profile and stats.
  15. ^ Euroleague.net Brandon Jennings Official Player Profile.
  16. ^ "Jennings Reverses Course and Shows at NBA Draft". ABC News. ABC News Internet Ventures. June 25, 2008. http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=7932784. Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Jennings drops career-high 55 on slumping Warriors as Bucks hold on". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. November 14, 2009. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=291114015. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  18. ^ Who is the NBA's most "skilled" player?

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Simple English

Brandon Jennings (born September 23, 1989 in Compton, California) is a American basketball player who plays point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played basketball in Italy for Lottomatica Roma of the Italian Lega A.


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