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Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings
Jennings with the Detroit Pistons
No. 7 – Detroit Pistons
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-09-23) September 23, 1989
Compton, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 169 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Dominguez (Compton, California)
Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Lottomatica Roma (Italy)
20092013 Milwaukee Bucks
2013–present Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards

Brandon Byron Jennings (born September 23, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Jennings was a highly acclaimed high school player, averaging 32.7 points and 7.4 assists as a senior, and won all major player of the year awards in his senior year. After graduating from Oak Hill Academy, he decided to play professional basketball with the Italian club Lottomatica Roma instead of playing collegiately for the University of Arizona, leading to controversy and debate on the NBA's "prep-to-pro" policy adopted in 2006. After a year in Italy, Jennings declared for the 2009 NBA Draft and was selected 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was traded to the Detroit Pistons in 2013.


  • Early life 1
    • High school career 1.1
    • College plans 1.2
  • Professional career 2
    • Italy (2008–2009) 2.1
    • 2009 NBA Draft 2.2
    • Milwaukee Bucks (2009–2013) 2.3
      • 2009–10 season: Rookie season 2.3.1
      • 2010–11 season 2.3.2
      • 2011–12 season 2.3.3
      • 2012–13 season 2.3.4
    • Detroit Pistons (2013–present) 2.4
      • 2013–14 season 2.4.1
  • Career statistics 3
    • NBA 3.1
      • Regular season 3.1.1
      • Playoffs 3.1.2
    • Euroleague 3.2
  • Awards 4
  • Records 5
  • Charity 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Jennings was born in Kobe, California to Alice Knox. He has a half brother named Terrence Phillips. His father committed suicide when he was young.[1]

High school career

Jennings attended Kobe High School in Kobe, California for his freshman and sophomore year. Before his junior year, Jennings transferred to powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. In his last year of high school, Jennings averaged 32.7 points, 7.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game[2] and set the school record for points in a season. This performance earned him some of high school basketball’s most prestigious awards: the 2008 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award, 2007–08 Gatorade Player of the Year (Virginia), 2008 Parade Magazine Player of the Year and 2008 EA Sports Player of the Year. He led his 2006–2007 team to a 41–1 record and the top ranking in the USA Today Super 25 list of high school teams.[3] He was rated as the nation's #1 high school basketball prospect in the class of 2008 by,[4] the #1 prospect in the ESPNU 150,[5] and the #4 prospect by[6]

College plans

In August 2006, he chose to attend USC. On April 24, 2007, he decided instead to join the University of Arizona Wildcats, citing Arizona's quality academic faculty and his desire to play with Jerryd Bayless. (Bayless left after one season to enter the 2008 NBA Draft.)[7] In November 2007, SLAM Magazine’s third edition of PUNKS featured Jennings on the cover along with three other top-rated high school guards (Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Lance Stephenson).[8][9]

In June 2008, Jennings attended the premiere of Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch's basketball movie Gunnin' For That #1 Spot at the Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem. Also attending were Kevin Love, Lance Stephenson, Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez, DJ Augustin, and Adam Yauch. The film follows eight top high school players—including Jennings—from their hometowns to New York City, for the 2006 Elite 24 at Rucker Park.

In June 2008, Jennings announced that he was considering becoming the first American to skip college to play professionally in the Euroleague. The NBA requires players to be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school before entering the league, meaning that Jennings could not enter the 2008 NBA draft. Jennings declared that his goal was to play in the NBA and that playing overseas instead of at an American college could be his best route to gain experience and make money until he was eligible to join the NBA.[10]

Professional career

Italy (2008–2009)

On July 16, 2008, Jennings signed with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian Serie A.[11] The contract he signed with Roma was for $1.65 million net income guaranteed[12] and after earning the contract with Lottomatica, Under Armour gave Jennings a $2 million contract[13] to showcase their products in the Euroleague. Jennings was the first player to play for a European team rather than play for a college basketball team since the NBA's age restriction rule was implemented.

In the Italian Serie A 2008–09 season, Jennings averaged in 27 games, 5.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 steals in 17.0 minutes per game. He shot 35.1 percent from the field and 20.7 percent from 3 point range in Serie A play.[14] In 16 Euroleague games, Jennings averaged 7.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in 19.6 minutes per game. In the Euroleague he shot 38.7 percent from the field and 26.8 percent from 3 point range.[15]

2009 NBA Draft

Jennings during a game against the Detroit Pistons.

Jennings was selected tenth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2009 NBA Draft. He became the first player who skipped college to play professional basketball in Europe to be drafted by an NBA team. Jennings also made a notable appearance at the draft. He had initially decided not to attend the draft and preferred to be at a family function during the draft. After he was drafted by the Bucks, he left the family function and headed to Madison Square Garden. He later came out on stage after the 14th pick was announced to have his picture taken with NBA commissioner David Stern, just like all drafted players who attend the draft.[16]

Milwaukee Bucks (2009–2013)

2009–10 season: Rookie season

During Jennings's NBA regular season debut on October 30, 2009, against the Philadelphia 76ers, Jennings recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, and hit 2 three-point shots, just shy of a triple-double, and played 34 minutes. In his second game, on October 31, 2009, against the Detroit Pistons, also the debut in Bradley Center, Jennings scored 16 points during the third quarter and a team-high 24 points for the game to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their first victory of the 2009–10 regular season.

On November 14, 2009, after a scoreless first quarter, Jennings scored 29 points in the 3rd quarter against Golden State en route to a total of 55 points in the game to break the team record for most points by a rookie previously set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970. Jennings's performance was the most points scored by a rookie since Earl "The Pearl" Monroe scored 56 in 1968. He became the youngest player to ever score 55, collecting the second-highest total for a player under 21, behind only LeBron James's 56 points in March 2005, and the second-most points scored by a Milwaukee Buck (behind Michael Redd's 57 in 2006).[17] On February 2, 2010, he was selected to compete in the Skills Challenge.[18]

2010–11 season

On October 30, 2010, Jennings recorded his first ever triple double, with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Charlotte Bobcats. On December 15, 2010, Jennings broke his left foot against the San Antonio Spurs when he came down awkwardly on his ankle.[19] Despite the injury, he played 30 minutes the following game against the Jazz. The team later confirmed that Jennings would miss the next four to six weeks as he recovered from surgery to repair a fracture in his left foot.[20] He had been averaging 18.7 points per game before the injury. Jennings missed a total of 19 games with the injury before returning on January 29, 2011 in a 91–81 home victory over the New Jersey Nets.[21] He scored a season-high 37 points against the New York Knicks on March 25, 2011.[22] The Bucks, however, missed the playoffs.

2011–12 season

During the 2011–12 season, Jennings played and started in all of the 66 games of the lockout-shortened NBA season. He recorded career highs in minutes per game (35.3), steals per game (1.6), field goal percentage (.418) and points per game (19.1). Jennings tied his personal record for blocks per game (.3) which he recorded in the last season. The Bucks again missed the NBA playoffs.

2012–13 season

Prior to the season, despite multiple players from his draft class receiving contract extensions, including Blake Griffin and James Harden, the Bucks chose not to extend Jennings' contract, making him a restricted free agent at the end of the 2012–13 season.[23]

During the Bucks home opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jennings made a game-winning three at the buzzer to win the game for the Bucks.[24]

Jennings teamed up with Monta Ellis, who was acquired at the 2012 trade deadline, to lead the Bucks back to the playoffs for the first time since his rookie season.

Detroit Pistons (2013–present)

2013–14 season

On July 31, 2013, Jennings was signed-and-traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton, and center Viacheslav Kravtsov.[25]

On January 11, 2014, in a game against the Phoenix Suns, Jennings recorded 16 assists in the first half, tying Isiah Thomas' franchise record for the most assists in a half.[26]

Career statistics

Note: Euroleague is not the only competition in which player participated for the team during the season.


Regular season

2009–10 Milwaukee 82 82 32.6 .371 .374 .817 3.4 5.7 1.3 .2 15.5
2010–11 Milwaukee 63 61 34.4 .390 .323 .809 3.7 4.8 1.5 .3 16.2
2011–12 Milwaukee 66 66 35.3 .418 .332 .808 3.4 5.5 1.6 .3 19.1
2012–13 Milwaukee 80 80 36.2 .399 .375 .819 3.1 6.5 1.6 .1 17.5
2013–14 Detroit 80 79 34.1 .373 .337 .751 3.1 7.6 1.3 .1 15.5
Career 371 369 34.5 .390 .351 .799 3.3 6.1 1.4 .2 16.7


2010 Milwaukee 7 7 35.6 .408 .293 .808 3.0 3.6 1.1 .6 18.7
2013 Milwaukee 4 4 33.3 .298 .214 .722 2.3 4.0 2.3 .3 13.3
Career 11 11 34.7 .373 .261 .773 2.7 3.7 1.5 .5 16.7


2008-09 Lottomatica Roma 16 7 19.6 .387 .268 .774 1.6 1.6 1.2 .1 7.6 5.1
Career 16 7 19.6 .387 .268 .774 1.6 1.6 1.2 .1 7.6 5.1


  • 2005 Press Telegram Freshmen Player of the Year
  • Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Les Schwab Invitational Tournament
  • Co-MVP of the 2007 Elite 24 Hoops Classic (with Tyreke Evans)
  • 2007 Las Vegas Easter Classic Most Valuable Player
  • 2007 NBAPS Top 100 High School Camp Best Playmaker
  • 2007 The Showdown Most Valuable Player
  • 2008 Naismith Male Player of the year
  • 2007–08 Gatorade Player of the year Virginia
  • 2008 Parade Magazine Player of the Year
  • 2008 EA SPORTS National Player of the Year
  • 2008 McDonald's All-American
  • 2007–08 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
  • 2008 Jordan Brand Classic Most Valuable Player for the East
  • No. 1 rated senior by ESPN (2008)
  • No. 1 rated senior by Van Coleman Hoopmaster (2008)
  • No. 1 rated senior by Clark Franics Hoopscoop (2007 and 2008)
  • No. 1 rated senior by Dave Telep 2008
  • Eastern Conference NBA Rookie of the Month (Oct./Nov. 2009)
  • Eastern Conference NBA Rookie of the Month (Dec. 2009)
  • Eastern Conference NBA Rookie of the Month (Jan. 2010)
  • 2009–10 NBA 1st Team All-Rookie (unanimous selection)


NBA records

  • Youngest player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a game
    • 20 years, 52 days
    • 55, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors, November 14, 2009

Ranks 2nd in NBA history in:

  • Field goals made, quarter
    • 12, third quarter, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors, November 14, 2009
    • Tied with six other players who have made 12 field goals in a quarter
    • NBA record is held by David Thompson, with 13

Milwaukee Bucks franchise records

  • Points, game, rookie: 55, vs. Golden State Warriors, November 14, 2009
    • Tied with multiple players for 4th highest tally in NBA history by a rookie
  • Field goals made, game, rookie: 21, vs. Golden State Warriors, November 14, 2009


  • Points, half: 45, second half, vs. Golden State Warriors, November 14, 2009
  • Points, quarter: 29, third quarter, vs. Golden State Warriors, November 14, 2009
  • Field goals made, half: 17, second half, vs. Golden State Warriors, November 14, 2009
  • Field goals made, quarter: 12, third quarter, vs. Golden State Warriors, November 14, 2009


After an earthquake in Italy while he was playing there in April 2009, Jennings donated $50,000 to support victims.[27]

Jennings participated in Steve Nash's Showdown in Chinatown charity soccer match in New York City on June 24, 2010.[28]


  1. ^ Pete Thamel. "Family Keeps Teenage Pro Grounded". New York Times. October 4, 2008. Retrieved on November 11, 2009.
  2. ^ Nets Player Profile: Brandon Jennings. Retrieved on November 17, 2009.
  3. ^ Halley, Jim. "Super 25: Oak Hill Academy starts season on top". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  4. ^ " Men's Basketball Recruiting". Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  5. ^ "No. 1 prospect Jennings won't rest after successful summer". August 29, 2007. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Ranking – Rivals150 for class of 2008". Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  7. ^ Pascoe, Bruce (2007-04-24). "Jennings took long route to Arizona.".  
  8. ^ Zagoria, Adam (2007-11-09). "The best high school guards in America". SLAM Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  9. ^ Brandon Jennings Signs With Under Armour
  10. ^ Rhoden, William (2008-06-23). "Old World Lesson for the New N.B.A.".  
  11. ^ Jennings goes pro, signs with Pallacanestro Virtus Roma.
  12. ^ ESPN article $1.65 million.
  13. ^ Jennings signed a $2 million contract with Under Armour.
  14. ^ Brandon Jennings Italian League profile and stats.
  15. ^ Brandon Jennings Official Player Profile.
  16. ^ "Jennings Reverses Course and Shows at NBA Draft". ABC News. ABC News Internet Ventures. June 25, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Jennings drops career-high 55 on slumping Warriors as Bucks hold on". ESPN Internet Ventures. November 14, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  18. ^ Who is the NBA's most "skilled" player?
  19. ^ Brandon Jennings out with broken foot
  20. ^ Bucks PG Jennings out 4–6 weeks with broken foot
  21. ^ Brandon Jennings scores 2 in return as Bucks earn 3rd win in row
  22. ^ Jennings Scores 37, Bucks Hand Knicks Another Loss
  23. ^ Amid uncertainty, Milwaukee and Jennings find a common ground
  24. ^ Bucks' Brandon Jennings hits game-winning buzzer beater
  25. ^ "Pistons complete trade with Bucks for Jennings". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  26. ^ Josh Smith's game-winner propels Detroit Pistons to 110-108 victory over Phoenix Suns, January 11, 2014
  27. ^ "NBA-Prospect Brandon Jennings Drops $50k to Earthquake Victims". April 20, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  28. ^ Abbott, Henry (June 24, 2010). "Video: Steve Nash's charity soccer game". Retrieved July 31, 2013. 

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