Report: Brandon Jennings to play in Russia
It appears that 2009 10th overall draft pick Brandon Jennings’ NBA career is going on hiatus once again.
The 28-year-old is expected to sign with BC Zenit Saint Petersburg of the VTB United League in Russia, according to Eurohoops’ Nikos Varlas. This will be Jennings’ second stint in Europe after spending a year in Italy with Lottomatica Roma prior to entering the NBA Draft. He also recently spent part of a season in China.
Coming out of high school, Jennings was considered to be a top prospect of his class. Instead of playing college ball in the United States, the Compton, California native opted to play professionally abroad.
In 2009, the Milwaukee Bucks used their 10th overall pick to scoop up Jennings. He famously scored 55 points in only his seventh game in the NBA, which compelled the league to take notice. By the end of the season, he finished third overall in the Rookie of the Year voting, behind winner Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry.
After four seasons with the team, the Bucks traded Jennings to the Detroit Pistons in 2013 in a deal that sent Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight to Milwaukee. Unfortunately, Jennings failed to take his game to the next level in Detroit, and the team eventually dealt him away to the Orlando Magic three years later.
He made his way back to Milwaukee last season following the brief stint in China, signing a couple of 10-day contracts before finally putting pen to paper on a more long-term deal. Unfortunately for him, the Bucks waived him a few weeks ago, which has prompted Jennings to take his talents outside the Association.
Hopefully, we have not seen the last of Jennings in the NBA.