Jennings Adjusts To Oak Hill

Life in Mouth of Wilson, Va., is quite different than life in New York City, but Dan Jennings is starting to get used to it. The big man is focusing on academics and improving on the court.

Life is a little easier for Dan Jennings right now. Rather than making the trek from Staten Island to Brooklyn for high school every day, Jennings decided to transfer to Oak Hill, where he lives on campus and across the street from his classes.

"It's a lot different from New York because it's a country setting," Jennings said. "It's a lot different, but I like it. I'm getting used to it."

"It's not strictly basketball here, it's about academics too. This is a very good school that doesn't have a lot of distractions."

Jennings, who plans to take a post-grad year following his senior season, put together a strong spring and summer on the circuit and picked up interest from Xavier, Memphis, Arizona, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall and St. John's.

The 6-foot-8, 225-pound center, who claims scholarship offers from all of the schools he mentioned except for the Wildcats and Huskies, recently took his first unofficial visit on his way to Oak Hill.

"I took an unofficial before I came to Oak Hill to Pittsburgh and it went okay," Jennings said. "They gave me a tour of the campus. I got to see some classes and we talked to the academic director. They talked to me about my grades. And they showed me some of the players dorms."

Although recruiting is certainly important to Jennings, this coming season what he's focused on. Jennings, who played with the Gauchos this summer, is used to playing with top flight point guards, but he still praised Brandon Jennings for his ability to dish out the rock.

"What I like about Brandon is he's a very unselfish player and he doesn't go out there and look to score 40. He'd rather pass it before he'd look to shoot it. He just passes it a lot, but he likes to make the team happy."

"We have a lot of talent," he continued. "We got Willie Warren, we got Brandon [Jennings] and tiny [Keith Gallon] we have a bunch of talent on this team."

Dan Jennings and the Oak Hill team will get tested early on in the season when they play a nationally televised game against St. Benedict's in Benton, Ky., on December 13th. The game is scheduled for ESPN 2.

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