Nation's No. 3 Junior Commits To Point Guard U.
Brandon Jennings will play for Lute Olson at Arizona
May 22, 2007
By Van Coleman
CSTV.com & Hoopmasters.com
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The talented 6-foot-2, Oak Hill point guard Brandon Jennings shined at the Arizona Cactus Classic over the weekend.
He liked it so much that he's decided to spend his college days in
CSTV.com caught up with Brandon Jennings and his mom, Alice Knox, this afternoon, and they confirmed that
"We were really impressed with the campus, staff and their approach to things," Knox said. "I was really overwhelmed with the academic help they provide. I want to make sure that
"I was surprised he made his commitment this soon," Smith said this afternoon. "I was expecting him to decide this summer some time. But when
It didn't hurt that NBA pros like Damon Stoudamire were back on campus going to class working toward their degrees.
"It was amazing seeing a pro like Stoudamire going to class this summer," Knox explained. "That really hit home with Brandon and me. That NBA players come back to
"I had a chance to really see things on my visit on Monday, I got to play with the guys and their cool,"
"When you look at the top guards who've been here, guys like Gilbert Arenas, Mike Bibby, Jason Terry, and Damon [Stoudamire], I'll have a lot to live up to,"
But academics and getting his game ready for the NBA wasn't the only reason
"It's closer to home than some of the programs, like
The gifted point has all kinds of tools to ascend to the highest level of the game, and according to Smith, he's one of the best he's had at the perennial national championship contender.
"All-time he's right up there with the best, and he has another year with us," Smith explained. "He carried us at times this year and led us to a 40-1 record (USA Today National Champions). He hit big shots in
"In many ways he has a little Kenny Anderson and a little Nate Archibald in him," Smith continued. "It's hard to compare him to them, but he has their style and mental outlook to the game. He has a chance to be very special."
"Yeah, I heard that thing about Kenny Anderson before, that I remind people of him,"
If I get as much out of my time under Coach Olson as Arenas, Bibby and those guys, maybe I can be mentioned with guys like
Is there anything you'd like to tell the Wildcat fans in
"Yeah, I want them to buy their tickets now, cause I want to be part of putting them in the big show and head back to the Final Four. I think we'll have the squad to do that."
Lofty goals for a young talent who many feel will only play one or two years in college.
But if there's one thing for sure, Olson's Wildcats won't lack floor leadership while