Player Name: Brandon Jennings
City: Mouth of Wilson State: VA
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Summer Team: SoCal All-Stars
Draft: Early Candidate in the 2009 NBA Draft
Schools: Committed to Arizona
Bio and Scouting Report
Jennings is a very special player that has the potential to be one of the best point guards ever, and he captured the nation’s attention as a freshman when he led Compton (CA) Dominguez to the CIF Southern Section Division IIAA title.
He has since helped his stock even more. His extreme quickness and slick handle combine to make him possibly the hardest point guard in the country for defenders to stay in front of. He is an unselfish player and gifted passer that drops dimes that no one in the gym sees coming. He is one of the most entertaining players anywhere, because not only is he a slick ball handler and passer, but he has world class hops and the ability to beat his man off the dribble, get into the lane, rise above the opposing forward (and center) and throw down a nasty one-handed-flush that he had cocked back to the moon. You wouldn’t expect to see something like that from a kid as skinny as him, but Jennings plays without fear, and with a lot of swagger.
He is a southpaw with a good outside shot, but played with a pass-first mentality this summer while leading his SoCal All-Stars to a 46-0 record and a championship at every tournament they played in, including Reebok Big Time in Las Vegas. The SoCal All-Stars’ amazing run had many people saying that they were the best summer team ever.
In early September, Jennings played in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game at the famed Rucker Park (NY). In a game in which he was one of the youngest players, playing with 24 of the top players in the country, Jennings didn’t disappoint… instead, he shined scoring 12 points and dropping an amazing 15 assists.
Brandon transferred from one hoops powerhouse to another this season when he left Dominguez to enroll at Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill. With the addition of Jennings, this Oak Hill team has a chance to be one of the best teams in high school basketball history. If that happens, he will have one hell of a resume:
SoCal All-Stars are best summer team in country, and possibly best ever… Oak Hill finishes as top high school team in country, and possibly best ever… and Brandon is the top point guard in the country that runs the show for both teams… and that would all be before his senior season. Talk about “sky is the limit”.
1/1/2007 (Les Schwab Invitational- Hillsboro, OR)- Jennings was the MVP of the top notch event, and led Oak Hill to a victory over Kyle Singler's South Medford team in the championship game: "Brandon Jennings finshed with 24 points and 12 assists, exactly what you want out of a point guard. Jennings is a very gifted player who see's the play before it happens and can create nothing into something. He hit a 30 foot shot at the buzzer to end the second quarter. Will be a big time college player."
12/4/2006- Jennings led Oak Hill Academy to a 65-57 victory over national powerhouse Norcross (GA) High: "Brandon Jennings finished with 9 points and (unofficially) 13 assists. Jennings had poor shot selection in this game, but to his credit should have finished with another 5 assists and he was a terror on defense."
12/2/06- From the Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs. Jackson Provine (MS) game recap:
"Brandon Jenning’s 3rd quarter performance was nothing short of amazing. He took complete control of the game at both ends of the floor. Jennings had numerous steals, amazing passes, and dunks. The crowd was already going crazy when Jennings threw a bounce pass between his legs to Howard “Trey” Thompkins for a fast-break finish. When the smoke cleared, Oak Hill had scored 52 points in just 13 minutes to give them an 87-57 insurmountable lead."....
"Top point guard and player in the junior class nationally. World-class court vision, outstanding ball handling, good shot, and great quickness and explosiveness. After this game we think he may be the best point guard defender in the class. Could be one of the best point guards in history when it’s all said and done. Finished with 21 points, 8 assists (surely he had more?), 5 rebounds, and 5+ steals."
Brandon Jenning reminds me of one of the best SG ever.
Jennings is frequently compared to his idol, Monta Ellis. Some see him as a left-handed Allen Iverson. While others see a black Steve Nash. He is considered to be the top rated point guard and top ten overall in the 2008 high school class.