Darryl Grady has served numerous roles in the life of Dan Jennings, from basketball coach to godfather and mentor. He said that the first college coach to ever notice the potential in Dan Jennings, and to reach out to the young man, was RU assistant coach Craig Carter. "Coach Carter was the first coach we had ever heard from", said Grady. "He was the first that coach that saw something in Danny and encouraged him to keep working on his game".
Craig Carter must undoubtedly have an astute eye for talent, because since then Jennings has not just heard from numerous other Division 1 schools, but received offers from many of them as well. "Danny has offers from Pittsburgh, Memphis, Seton Hall, and St. John's", said Grady. Many readers are aware by now that Jennings recently visited Pitt, and "the vist went well", according to Grady. "We've also been shown a lot of interest from Arizona and UConn lately as well".
Indeed, it may be the case that the demand for Jennings' services might just be heating up, as the young man has headed south and will play this year for nationally renowned prep powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. The change in location will certainly expose him to a whole new set of potential suitors, but Grady insisted that the move was hardly just basketball-related. "We want him to play at a high level against the best possible competition so he can hone his skills, but we wanted him to get away so he would have less distractions", he said.
Grady was clear that the move was at least as much academic-related as anything else, and that Jennings needs to work hard get his grades in order. Since Oak Hill does not offer post-graduate studies, Jennings will need one more year of school before college, and thus now has reclassified as an '09 recruit. As for where Jennings might possibly end up after his year in Virginia is over, Grady said at this point they have no idea.
In the meantime, it's entirely realistic to expect Jennings to turn into an even hotter commodity than he is now. Grady said that the 17 year old Jennings is "around 6'8, 6'9, and still growing". He said Jennings is a lefty, which automatically causes match-up problems down low, and that although he is adept at stepping out a bit and shooting, he can definitely handle himself in the paint. "He doesn't shy away from contact", said Grady.
As for where Jennings may eventually wind up at the next level, Grady said that since there are two years left, they are still wide open. He did add that, "we are looking for a nice family environment". All this would seem to bode well for Rutgers, but Grady pointed out that although Craig Carter was the first coach to contact Jennings, he is still the only one that they have yet to hear from.
And should Rutgers step up their efforts, and should the Jennings camp begin to hear from more than just Coach Carter? Grady paused for a moment, and then said with some emphasis: "We would seriously consider them".