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All signs point to Jennings being a future star.
It's been well-publicized that Brandon Jennings isn't an all-star...
The 22-year-old emerging star would be a junior in college if he chose that path, and he's already having numerous nights where he simply out-duels much more widely-renowned point guards with no other healthy star to support him.
In comparison, Ryan Braun wasn't even a professional baseball player at Jennings' age, and Aaron Rodgers didn't start until age 25.
Different sports, but you can't speed up maturity, and 22 is a young age to go from Compton to Italy to Milwaukee in a few short years.
I've told friends and family this, and I'll go on record in this article to point out that it's very possible Brandon Jennings could one day be the NBA's MVP. His last remaining obstacle is maintaining consistency and having the pieces around him to compete on the national level.
If Bogut were healthy, the nation would be back in awe of "Fear the Deer." With so much invested in Bogut, however, the franchise remains a struggling-at-best, mediocre team, unable to finish in the fourth quarter.
Bucks fans have been grateful for Jennings' down-to-earth style for a kid coming out of Compton (a place Wisconsinites probably have natural, if not unfair, stereotypes about). Jennings endeared himself to fans with his love of his mom and his decision to buy a Ford Edge, a car most fans could afford themselves in a city that loves those that can identify with hard work and humility.
As Gary D'Amato of the Journal-Sentinel reported in October of 2009:
The kid from Compton, Calif., one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, is living in the working-class bedroom community of St. Francis. Why? It's just a half-mile walk to the Bucks' practice facility at the Cousins Center. And he's got a great view of Lake Michigan.
'I like St. Francis,' says Alice Knox, Jennings' mother. 'It's very, very quiet. It's not like in the city of Los Angeles, where it's noisy and busy. It's a good place for Brandon.'
If you haven't been to Milwaukee, St. Francis is a working class, quaint yet vibrant community on the south side of Milwaukee's lakeshore.
In comparison, Milwaukeean Latrell Sprewell bought a house at the prime of his career in River Hills, the most affluent suburb of Milwaukee county, as well as a yacht (both of which he later fell indebted to and lost).
In this way, Bucks General Manager John Hammond struck gold twice. He found an ultra-talented star in the making in Jennings as well as a guy whose character and makeup could put him on the map in a city starved of basketball success, and a blemish on the national basketball scale.
Seeing Rodgers' support for the Bucks and Braun and Rodgers' bond leads this Milwaukee-based fan to think the next step is signing Jennings so the three Milwaukee teams will have stars to lean on each other and support Wisconsin's 3-sport town.