Wednesday , Jan , 21 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Brandon Jennings ‘frustrated’ in Italy

Marcus Williams of the Golden State Warriors said Brandon Jennings is frustrated in Italy, and what Marcus Williams says about Brandon Jennings matters. The two are close friends, ever since meeting in Southern California on the traveling-team circuit, to where they talk or text several times a week and Williams considers Jennings his little brother. It also matters to NBA teams who will be picking in the lottery and have a need at point guard, if you know of any.

Jennings is the trail blazer who signed a letter of intent with Arizona, got into a back-and-forth over the legitimacy of his SAT scores, took the test a second and a third time, and then skipped the whole thing. A few years too late to jump directly to the NBA, he made the unprecedented move in July of turning pro by signing with a team in Italy, Lottomatica Virtus Roma, in what most everyone in the United States figured was a one-season loaner to Europe before Jennings enters the draft as one of the top prospects at his position, if not overall.

He side-stepped the NCAA, got to play against good competition as a proving ground for the NBA, and got paid for it. Just sticking it to the NCAA would have been worth it for most guys.