By now, you should be well aware that I'm a HUGE fan of Brandon Jennings. (Don't believe me, check out my posts on him here, here, here, here and here.)
Well, Chris Broussard has a story over at ESPN on Jennings adjusting to live overseas. It's a great read with some really cool things in it that make me love Jennings even more, like being mentored by Villanova star Allan Ray and watching Allen Iverson clips:
After practice, Allan Ray, the former Villanova star who is in his second year with Virtus Roma, gave Jennings a pep talk. Ray got kicked out of several practices last season. "When you're The Man in high school, you can do whatever you want," Jennings says despondently. "This is something new for me, especially playing for a coach who's real controlling and doesn't take no stuff."
His idea of a good time is playing PS3 with Terrence, texting friends on his iPhone, watching He Got Game or Madea on his new Mac or studying idol Allen Iverson's 48-point performance in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals on YouTube, which—no joke—he does at least once a day.
And the kid is getting love all over the place:
Jennings is already measuring up to Europe's best. Says Serb Filip Covic, who has also faced 18-year-old Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio: "Ricky's a great player, but Brandon is better."
"Playing in Europe with grown men who are better than him is going to help him mature as a player," says an NBA GM who is being kept apprised about Jennings by overseas scouts. "And I can tell you this already: He's a definite lottery pick in '09."