Or perhaps it was due to the incredible talents of 2008 prospect Brandon Jennings, who expects to arrive on the campus of Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia next week?
Whatever the reasons, Jennings proved last night at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 High School All Star game that he is perhaps the best overall guard in the country.
Jennings scored when he was needed (12 points). But it was his floor leadership that was impressive. Brandon had 15 assists, many of which landed in the capable hands of JJ Hickson (34 points). Jennings and Hickson were named co-MVPs for the White team (lost to Blue team 141-139).
"I have fun making those passes," Jennings said after the game. "I really enjoy distributing the ball. There are a lot of great players out there to get the ball to."
Brandon did his job. It was appreciated by the many New Yorkers that turned out on a unusually cold evening in Harlem for the outdoor event. "I had a good time all week here," Jennings said. "I really liked interacting with all the players."
Jennings is a high major talent for sure. He's likely to land a lot of support too for the many high profile All Star games when he is eligible next season. It's hard to imagine how good he might become.
"I don't think about that," Jennings said. "I try to go out there and play as hard as I can. And when I practice I try to work on everything."
Brandon has plenty of high major interest in his skills already. He mentioned interest in Connecticut, Texas, and Southern California.