Brandon Jennings – From Compton to Rome

21 11 2008


The Man: Brandon Jennings.  6’2″ point guard from Los Angeles, CA.  Left handed.  Cousin of NBA point guard Marcus Williams.

Averaged 35.5 points, 7.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game in his senior year of high school.   Earned high school basketball’s most prestigious award including the 2008 Naismith High School Basketball Player of the Year.

Jennings is the first player to play for a European team rather than play for a college team since the NBA’s age restriction was implemented.

The Contract: Jennings has a three-year contract for a guaranteed $1 million from Virtus Roma, but he has an option to enter the NBA draft after Year 1 and 2 of the deal.  Jennings’ also signed a four-year contract with Under Armour that will pay him comparably to the top three picks in the 2008 NBA draft.

Their dedication to Jennings’ marketing is exemplified here

But, as Jennings says, ‘The focus in Italy is on winning.  If you don’t win, you might not get paid’

Click the jump for more info and a jaw-dropping highlight video of Jennings.

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