Class of 08 Scouting Report: Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings is one of the highest rated recruits ever to sign with the Wildcats. The 6-1 point guard continues the trend of great guard recruits becoming Wildcats. Here is a breakdown of his game.

Brandon Jennings
6-1, 170, PG
Oak Hill Academy
Compton, California

RANKINGS:
Jennings is a five-star recruit and the top rated point guard in the class by Scout.com. He is the seventh overall rated player in the 2008 recruiting class.

TYPE OF PLAYER
Jennings is a fast, explosive scoring point guard. A crafty lefty, he is not the tallest or the strongest, but he can get to the hoop and throw down.

WHAT WE LIKE:
There is not much to not like. Jennings is a freak athlete who can do it all. He can shoot, slash and dunk. He can get to the rim or keep it outside. He is a very good rebounder, solid defender and has an outstanding handle.

Despite being 6-1, he can board and has great length. Although he can always improve fundamentals, he always gives 100% and is a fiery competitor.

Although he has a reputation for being selfish, all he does is win. He led Oak Hill to the mythical high school national championship and led the Belmont Shore AAU team deep into some big summer events.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON
Jennings puts up big assist numbers, but is still too much of a shoot-first guy. He's fearless which is good and bad as he will take some bad shots and makes some risky decisions.

Maybe the biggest knock is his love of the spectacular play. All too often he goes for the highlight reel and forgoes the safe, fundamental play. There is a lot of street ball in his game. While this looked great on the AAU circuit and at the Rucker Park All-Star games, it doesn't work in college. Expect Lute Olson and the staff to work hard to reel him in a bit, much like they've had to do with a number of players to come through the program.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:
"Based on what he did for the mythical national champion as a junior, and then his performance in Las Vegas last month while leading the Belmont Shore (Long Beach, CA) team to the Reebok Tournament championship, he's solidly one of the three top candidates (with Tyreke Evans and Greg Monroe) for National Player of the Year for the 2008 class."
--Frank Burlison

NOTES:
*Originally played at Compton Dominguez High School before transferring to Oak Hill.
*Originally committed to USC before re-opening his recruitment.
*Played on the SoCal All-Stars with Chase Budinger and Alex Jacobson.
*This past summer he and fellow signee Jeff Withey decided to play together for a July tournament on the Belmont Shore AAU team. Previously, Jennings played with Belmont Shore and led them to a second place finish at the Cactus Classic.

2008-09 ROLE:
The question is not if Jennings is a starter, but whether he will be starting alongside Jerryd Bayless or running the show all by himself. Expect him to have a major role with next year's Wildcats.

REMINDS US OF: There have been a lot of comparisons to former NBA standout Kenny Anderson. They are both long, athletic lefties. I am not sure, but Jennings may be a little more explosive than the former Georgia Tech point guard.

CHOSE ARIZONA OVER: Connecticut, Kentucky, USC and Kansas

BRANDON SAYS: "I can't wait to work with Coach Olson and the staff."


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