Tuesday , Dec , 08 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Scout: Italian Sources Trashed Brandon Jennings before Draft

“People don’t want to talk about it because they don’t want to hurt any relationships over there, but the Italians really badmouthed the (heck) out of him,” one NBA personnel man said. “You should have heard the litany of criticisms from over there. He’s overrated. He’s too flashy. He’s careless with the ball. He can’t defend. It was unbelievable. I’m thinking, ‘Are they talking about the same kid?’

“We weren’t in a position to draft him, but when we talked about him, our European scout started repeating all these things. I couldn’t believe it.”

Not that Jennings didn’t create doubts on his own.

“The main concern we had was his shooting,” said one exec from a team that had a lottery pick. “When he came in and worked out, he had a different kind of shot. He always seemed to be off-balance. I thought his shot was broken.

“We could see he had off-the-charts athleticism, but we had some concerns.”