July 10, 2008 — Oak Hill Academy and National Player of the Year, Brandon Jennings, and his family have decided to pursue several professional opportunities for next year.
Over the course of the last two months I have consulted a number of people in basketball before coming to this decision.” Jennings said. “I would like to thank the University of Arizona for their interest and support throughout this process.”
Brandon Jennings and his family have informed me that they want to pursue professional opportunities in order to achieve his ultimate pursuit of the NBA.” Jeff Valle, who serves as the Jennings family attorney, stated. “He knows that it will be a challenge to play and live in another country, but if he is going to be a top-notch professional he will constantly be challenged and believes he is ready now. Several European teams have expressed an interest.”
In addition to Jeff Valle, the family has reached out to Sonny Vaccaro to act as an advisor.
Statement from Coach Steve Smith, Oak Hill
“Brandon is a proud member of the Oak Hill Family and a phenomenal talent. While we hope all of our graduates will further their education, we fully support Brandon in this tough decision and we wish him success in the pursuit of his dream.”
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- Arizona Daily Wildcat: Jennings skips UA, will spend year in Europe
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- Washington Post: Alternate Path to NBA
Jennings at Oak Hill
Post Season Honors Keep Coming
The postseason honors for Brandon Jennings keep coming. Brandon was named the 2008 EA Sports Player of the Year. That announcement follows Brandon becoming Oak Hill’s first Player of the Year in Parade Magazine. MaxPreps also named him as their Player of the Year.
Brandon Jennings, of Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., and Elena Delle Donne, of Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Del. have been named the 2008 Naismith National High School Basketball Players of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. Bob Hurley (St. Anthony High School, Jersey City, NJ) and Brian Harrigan (Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, San Francisco, Calif.) were selected as the first-ever recipients of the Naismith National High School Coach of the Year award.
Jennings, a 6-0 guard, posted 33 points, 10 steals and eight assists in the Warriors 59-48 season-ending victory over Montrose Christian (Md.), as Oak Hill finished the season 34-4. For the season, Jennings averaged 35.5 points per game and amassed 1,312 total points.
“Brandon is one of the quickest point guards to ever play for me,” said Steve Smith, Oak Hill head basketball coach. “His presence and talent will truly be missed.”
Congrats to Brandon Jennings for being the 23rd Oak Hill Warrior to be named a McDonald’s All American. Brandon will represent Oak Hill at the 31st McDonald’s AA game on Wed., March 26th at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. The game will be televised live at 9:30pm EST on ESPN. The same day as the formal announcement, Brandon hit for a Oak Hill single game record 63 points in a 123-58 victory over Bonner Academy (NC). He broke the existing record of 61 points set by Calvin Duncan 27 years ago. He has scored 1,265 is point total to date, besting Josh Smith’s previous record of 980 (see item below). In the Bonner game, Jennings shot 25 of 40 from the field, making 13 of 21 three-pointers, and added seven assists and five steals. He was pulled from the game with just under five minutes to go. (Arizona Daily Star story)
With a handful of games still to go, Arizona-bound Brandon Jennings has achieved the highest single-season point total with 1,011, besting Josh Smith’s 980 during the 2003-2004 campaign. Currently averaging 34.9 points per game, he’ll also likely claim the highest season average, which is now held by Orlando Vega at 30.6. Brandon’s high game was 49 points on Dec. 22nd in Tuscon, Ariz. vs. Dudley (NC), in front of his future Arizona fans. He scored 40 or more eight times.