Drew League 2019 Results: Brandon Jennings Drops 44 in Tuff Crowd's Win

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2019

Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings (11) brings the ball upcourt in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Monday, March 12, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
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Playoff spots were up for grabs as the 2019 Drew League reached the final week of its regular season, with both Saturday and Sunday featuring a handful of contests.

Tuff Crowd and Panthers each clinched spots in the postseason Saturday thanks to Tuff Crowd's 87-69 victory over Young Citi, where former Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings went off.

But that was not the only storyline of the day.


Saturday Results

Pandas def. Prodigy, 83-82

MHP def. Panthers, 85-73

Problems def. Reapers Black Ops, 105-88

Tuff Crowd def. Young Citi, 87-69

Nationwide Blue Devils def. I-Can All-Stars, 79-77

Jaguars def. Redemption, 108-105


Sunday Schedule

BB4L vs. L.O.S., 2:45 p.m. ET

Public Enemy vs. Baxter's Legacy, 4:15 p.m. ET

CitiTeam Blazers vs. No Shnacks, 5:30 p.m. ET

Team Watson vs. CABC So. Cal, 7 p.m. ET


Top Performances

Problems 105, Reapers Black Ops 88

Garrett Nevels, a 6'2" guard who played collegiately at Hawaii through the 2014-15 season, has shown the ability to get buckets throughout his time at the Drew League, and Saturday's dominance proved he is an absolute problem when he gets hot.

Nevels, who dropped 56 points and 16 in the fourth quarter, helped his team come back from down 17 at one point.

Garrett Nevels @gnevels92

@tae_hoops Told you I’m Getting old lol

The 26-year-old spent the 2018-19 season with Spanish club Gipuzkoa Basket, where he averaged 11.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 26.2 minutes per game. He previously went undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft.


Tuff Crowd 87, Young Citi 69

Jennings—a 6'1" guard who played in the NBA from 2009-10 to 2017-18 and played at Zenit Saint Petersburg of the VTB United League for 10 games last season—put up 44 points and 11 boards in the win, showing off his range on more than one occasion:

Tom Wadsworth @TheyCallMeWads

Brandon Jennings and Shareef put on a show today #NoExcuseJustProduce #DrewLeague @DrewLeague https://t.co/76f0OFa1sG

Tom Wadsworth @TheyCallMeWads


Jennings is still only 29 and not too long ago (2014-15) averaged 15.4 points per game with the Detroit Pistons. He could conceivably be a useful scoring option off an NBA team's bench if he gets another shot in the league.

Meanwhile, Shareef O'Neal—the 19-year-old son of Shaquille O'Neal—had some fun before the game even started:

Overtime @overtime

REEF ARE YOU SERIOUS??? 🤮 @SSJreef @DrewLeague https://t.co/kNpJqfErfv

The 6'9" power forward missed the 2018-19 season with the UCLA Bruins after having heart surgery, but the 4-star recruit has been medically cleared to return to the team. He showed why he should be a force in the Pac-12 this season:

Tom Wadsworth @TheyCallMeWads


With Jennings and O'Neal putting on a show, Tuff Crowd secured a spot in the playoffs.