Brandon Jennings ( born September 23, 1989 in Compton, California) is an American professional basketball player who plays at a height of 1.85 m on the position of the point guards. Before he joined the NBA in 2009, he had to play with his decision after high school for the Italian club Lottomatica Roma instead of professional work as expected in the college league NCAA, caused quite a stir. Since 2013 Jennings is at the Detroit Pistons under contract.
High School and the failure of the change in the NCAA
After Jennings had accrued for the team of his homeland School Dominguez High School in Compton, he moved two years before graduating to Virginia to play for the team of renowned in basketball circles Oak Hill Academy. After the end of his high school days in 2008 he was considered by analysts as one of the greatest talents of his year. A 2006 came into force control but it did not allow him to register for the following NBA Draft. Jennings had the University of Arizona already made his commitment to play college basketball there, but scored the SAT do not have enough points. As he passed the test a second time, he reached the required score, the examiners appeared the leap in performance but compared to the first test suspicious. Then Jennings completed the test a third time. However, he did not wait for the result, but opted for a change to the Euro League team Lottomatica Roma. A significant role was played by Sonny Vaccaro, intermediaries on behalf of the sporting goods manufacturer Under Armour, the Jennings should serve as an advertising medium when entering the European market.
Between year in Rome (2008-2009)
There, Jennings received factored the advertising contract with Under Armour, an annual salary of about $ 1.2 million, while he had no money on the college may earn. To change in preparation for an NBA career instead of to college to Europe was a hitherto unique step, which is why analysts expected it would depend on his success, whether additional high school graduates would follow his example.
However, Jennings had a hard time with his role in Rome. His speed was rarely wear, and because of his lack of experience he received significantly less playing time than it would have been the case in college. In addition, his team played little constant and the goods moved under a third of the season for head coach Ferdinando Gentile ( he replaced Jasmin Repesa ) put Jennings in the last games of the regular season in Serie A, hardly any. In the play-offs Jennings had to watch completely because there could be only a limited number of foreigners in the squad and the club had just committed the Slovenes Jurica Golemac.
Milwaukee Bucks (2009-2013)
In the NBA Draft 2009 Jennings was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks 10th place. It quickly became apparent that he had benefited despite the difficulties of his time in Rome. He had particular need to train his jump shot after his hit rates for Lottomatica had remained behind expectations. In his first NBA game, he was only ever removed a rebound and assist from a triple -double. In his seventh game he scored 55 points, just three points less than the league record for rookies. Before that time, but LeBron James from the youngest player of all time, who scored more than 50 points in an NBA game. In the further course of the season although he could not quite match this furious start, reached with the Bucks but surprisingly the playoffs and was the NBA All- Rookie First Team selected. This he missed, however, in the two subsequent years. It was not until 2013, when Jennings played on the side of Monta Ellis, the Bucks were back among the best eight teams in the Eastern Conference.
Detroit Pistons (since 2013)
After his contract expired with the Bucks, Jennings was transferred in 2013 in a sign -and-trade deal in exchange for Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Vyacheslav Kravtsov to the Detroit Pistons.