This rookie just might make the Bucks relevant once again

It was just a little more than 18 months ago that Brandon Jennings took to the Bradley Center court in Milwaukee as one of the participants in the esteemed McDonald’s All-American Game.  And, yes, he put on a show.

The kid (just 20 years old) from Compton by way of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and Lottomatica Roma in Italy is back at the Bradley Center putting on a show once again as he kicks off his rookie season for the Milwaukee Bucks.  And basketball fans near and far are taking notice.

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings

SI.com’s Arash Markazi has Jennings at the top of his first Rookie Power Rankings of the season while Rick Kamla of NBA TV weighs in with a Rick’s Rant on the early potential that Jennings has shown to be one of the greats.

Perhaps even more impressive is the interest that Jennings is stirring in local basketball fans in Milwaukee.  Dan O’Donnell of SportsBubbler.com delivers an editorial that speculates that Jennings “has the potential to single-handedly reinvigorate a fan base that has all but abandoned their team since it abandoned Ray Allen.”

Indeed, it has been a lost decade of basketball in Milwaukee since Allen was inexcusably sent away by George Karl and Ernie Grunfeld.  With both of those guys long gone and the majority of the mistakes from the subsequent Larry Harris days extricated from the roster, the rebuilding Bucks have certainly found their cornerstone.

For more on the impressive and mature Jennings, be sure to check out Sean Deveney’s revealing interview with Jennings in The Sporting News and this extensive feature of the young rookie (and his mother) by Gary D’Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The bottom line is that Jennings looks to be a steal at the #10 overall pick and if there were any questions about his decision to skip college and head to Europe for a year of professional basketball before joining the NBA, those are quickly being answered.

Questions about his ride of choice on the other hand – a Ford Edge? – remain.  Only in Milwaukee, I guess.

Here’s hoping for a long, happy marriage for Jennings and the Bucks.  It’s only the future of professional basketball in Wisconsin that might be riding on it.

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~ by acm213 on November 4, 2009.

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