Who Needs College, Right?
Apparently Brandon Jennings did not.
In an effort to circumvent the new NBA rule that a player must be a year removed from high school before he can play in the NBA, the Compton native opted for the less travelled route that required, well, more travel. In 2008 he became the first American high school player to go from high school into a European Professional League.
This appeared to be a huge mistake at first. As a bench player the high school superstar only played about 18 minutes a game and averaged a paltry 6.3 points, 2 assists, and not even two rebounds in that time. The Milwaukee Bucks saw enough in him to take him with the tenth pick in the draft last June making their scouting department look really good right about now.
Jennings has already electrified this season. In his NBA debut against the 76ers he finished a single rebound and assist shy of a triple double. A couple weeks later he would become the youngest player to score 50+ points in a game with a 55 point effort against the Golden State Warriors. As an encore he got close to another triple double with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists against the Mavericks.
Milwaukee fans could not be happier especially after seeing their top three scoring threats from last season (Richard Jefferson, Charlie Villanueva and Ramon Sessions) depart. They have not seen a winning season since 2003, and took twenty games last year to notch their 8th victory- a feat that only took 11 games this year. Currently they sit at fifth in the Eastern Conference, a position they are happy to be in.
There will undoubtedly be growing pains for the youngster in his first NBA season. In the team’s 8th victory, a 103-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, Jennings only managed to score two points in the first half as the Bucks were down by five. Jennings would finish the game with 26 points and Milwaukee would get their third straight win.
Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks will be the team to watch in this 2009-2010 NBA season.
In a town known for beer, Buck fans will have no shortage of options to choose from to enjoy while tailgating. Perhaps since it tends to get a little cold out they may want to tip back a few winter warmers like the Holiday Spice Lager that the Lakefront Brewery creates. This amber colored beer is made with cinnamon, orange zest, clove and generous amounts of honey to give it a rather unique taste. The Mt. Hood hops help balance the flavor in this full-bodied beer that will make you feel like you could take on Jennings after drinking a few (its alcohol content comes in at a hefty 9.5% ABV).