No Ricky Rubio? Well Who The Heck Is Brandon Jennings?

Timber WolfAnalyst IIMay 21, 2009

MILWAUKEE - MARCH 26: Brandon Jennings #3 of the West team dunks the ball during the McDonald's All-American High School basketball game on March 26, 2008 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Timberwolves lottery was finally held yesterday, and the Minnesota Timberwolves got the No. Six pick. Fans such as myself were hoping that Minnesota would have some luck and get anywhere from the No. One to Three spot, giving the best chances to draft Hasheem Thabeet, Ricky Rubio and Blake Griffin.

The Minnesota Timberwolves representative Kevin Love, apparently did not "love" the No. Six position, as he stated "was ready to take responsibility for the number they drew", which is just the humor that we "love" of Kevin Love.

On almost every mock draft you can find, you will see that everyone has Brandon Jennings at No. Six or Seven, while Demar DeRozan will most likely be No. Seven. With that being said, everyone knows DeRozan, so everyone is wondering, who in the world is Brandon Jennings?

In just a few sentences, the only things the average fan could possibly know about him is that he plays in Roma, he is a PG, and ....... (not too much is it?).

Well believe it or not, but Brandon Jennings is from the U.S.A, and used to play high school ball. Brandon Jennings was subjected to failure when he could not pass exams to make him eligible to play at a high level of college basketball. With a few crossovers and dishes, he decides to play overseas.

But before we get into that, lets look at Brandon Jennings stats and domination as a high school baller in California and Virginia

  1. 1) As a senior at Oak Hill Academy, Brandon Jennings averaged 35.5 points, seven-and-a-half assists, five rebounds, and four steals a game.
  2. 2) 2008 Naismith High School Basketball Player Of The Year, 2008 Parade Magazine Player of the Year, and 2008 EA Sports Player of the Year.
  3. 3) In the McDonald's All American game, Brandon went for 12 points and nine assists.

Unbelievable stats right, even for high school. So you would think that Brandon Jennings would be a shoe in for college, but instead he is forced to play overseas. Brandon Jennings plays for Roma, and at press time was only averaging seven points and two assists per game.

We as NBA fans consider this a failure, but please consider

  1. Roma's team is pumped full of veteran European players with a lot of talent.
  2. Brandon Jennings is 19
  3. The talent on the team he played for, only helped him get better (Rajon Rondo).
  4. Roma GM (and European Legend) Dejan Bodiroga says Brandon Jennings is "one of the top talents I have ever seen.

Strengths: Extremely quick, extremely explosive, plays with extreme confidence, large wingspan and leaping ability that exceeds the top PG's, great transition player, and1 handles, dangerous off the dribble, takes the charity stripe for their money, quick release, quick hands for great defense, good anticipation, mental toughness, can be tamed, and can be a true PG.

Weaknesses: Did not have a great season, but PG's are the most difficult spot for a European player, especially straight out of high school. Inconsistent jump shot, careless with the ball, small frame and skinny, and decision making needs work.

In conclusion, Brandon Jennings can be a great PG with the right pieces around him. Will he work in Minnesota? Maybe, maybe not. Only time will tell, but if Minnesota really wants this kid to be great, then no doubt this kid will be great.


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