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Brandon Jennings signs with Pallacanestro Virtus Roma

July 16th, 2008 · 72 Comments

Brandon Jennings has signed with Pallacanestro Virtus Roma of the Italian pro league. Contact terms were unavailable but sources say it is a multiyear contract with NBA release provisions that would be fair to both parties.

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  1. Let’s see Brandon try to deal with 230 pound starting Point Guard Hawkins:

    http://www.eurobasket.com/player.asp?Cntry=ITA&PlayerID=38340&AmNotSure=1

    I see Brandon falling on his little face; at least he’ll be close to the vatican.

    Comment by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead — July 16, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

  2. http://www.eurobasket.com/player.asp?Cntry=ITA&PlayerID=38340&AmNotSure=1

    Sorry Brandon but you’ll have to travel all that way to get pushed around by Hawkins. Too bad, so sad. Enjoy the developmental league after your stint in Italy.

    Comment by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead — July 16, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

  3. Hawkins was the 2006 guard of the year in the Italian leage….good luck competing with that you skinny primadona.

    Comment by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead — July 16, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

  4. Seriously, you guys that support Blow Job, you think he will deal well with a 230 pound athletic Hawkins pushing him around on a daily basis? No wonder why he brought his mom; he’ll need her shoulder to cry on.

    http://www.eurobasket.com/player.asp?Cntry=ITA&PlayerID=38340&AmNotSure=1

    Kudos

    Comment by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead — July 16, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  5. Seriously, you guys that support Blow Job, you think he will deal well with a 230 pound athletic Hawkins pushing him around on a daily basis? No wonder why he brought his mom; he’ll need her shoulder to cry on.

    http://www.eurobasket.com/player.asp?Cntry=ITA&PlayerID=38340&AmNotSure=1

    Don’t be afraid to post it son…

    Comment by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead — July 16, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  6. Seriously, you guys that support Blow Job, you think he will deal well with a 230 pound athletic Hawkins pushing him around on a daily basis? No wonder why he brought his mom; he’ll need her shoulder to cry on.

    http://www.eurobasket.com/player.asp?Cntry=ITA&PlayerID=38340&AmNotSure=1

    What is wrong with your hair?

    Comment by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead — July 16, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  7. Seriously, you guys that support Blow Job, you think he will deal well with a 230 pound athletic Hawkins pushing him around on a daily basis? No wonder why he brought his mom; he’ll need her shoulder to cry on.

    http://www.eurobasket.com/player.asp?Cntry=ITA&PlayerID=38340&AmNotSure=1

    Are you getting this?

    Comment by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead — July 16, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

  8. Way to go Brandon, I will be going over to Italy to watch you play. The people from AZ are very mean people and say very stupid things. But i respect your decision. Also congratulations on passing your SAT for the second time.

    Comment by Brandon, his biggest fan — July 16, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

  9. Hi! I’am a Virtus Roma fan!!
    I’am very happy for this arrive…I hope that this player could be very important for the team…
    Welcome to Eternal City…

    Comment by Marco — July 16, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

  10. welcome in Rome Brandon. we are waiting for you

    Comment by bernardo — July 17, 2008 @ 1:13 am

  11. daje brandoneeeee!!!!

    it will be fun to watch bball games in rome this year!! u gonna luv it here, guaranteed.

    good luck, ciao.

    lazio merda.

    Comment by davide — July 17, 2008 @ 2:16 am

  12. Welcome in Rome Brandon.
    You will find an extraordinary city with extraordinary people.

    Comment by Niccolo — July 17, 2008 @ 3:15 am

  13. I don’t know if you’ll read this comment, anyway…Welcome Brandon! I’m so happy that you decided to sign for us

    I hope you’ll like Rome and the team of Lottomatica, which I support since I was a kid.

    We reached the finals last year, and this time we wanna win the championship with you.

    You’ll find good teammates (Ibby Jabber, Sani Becirovic from Slovenia, probably Allan Ray former Celtics) and a competent coach, Jasmin Repesa from Croatia, who is a little bit rough but he’s also well known to be able to bring up well young players as you.

    Comment by Emanuele — July 17, 2008 @ 3:57 am

  14. Hi everybody I’m from rome… and I’m a fan of virtus roma…
    I’sure that Brandon can find an ideal environment to grow up… the euroleague is a very tough tournament…

    Comment by jordano — July 17, 2008 @ 4:24 am

  15. Benvenuto Brandon e buon divertimento a Roma

    Comment by Fabio — July 17, 2008 @ 7:32 am

  16. I hope you blow your ACL, PCL, and MCL. We in the medical field call that the trifecta. Your little 170lb frame is going to get beasted by worthless European ball players who will beat you with superior intellect. Intellect you never had cause you are a ghetto hoodlum black. I question your intellect because it took you three times to qualify on the SAT. If that is true…..

    Comment by Donnie Yuen — July 17, 2008 @ 7:56 am

  17. WELCOME IN ROME, BRANDON!
    Francesco -Italy-

    Comment by egregius — July 17, 2008 @ 7:58 am

  18. Yeah yeah, we are all mean mean evil people cause we are infuriated by someone who betrayed us.

    What are you, France?

    Jennings – Shit, I guess good luck in Europe. Hope that goes well for ya, just don’t be surprised if we’re happy you go 2nd round in the draft.

    Comment by GoAzCats — July 17, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

  19. […] is the top point guard of the high school class of 2008, and he recently announced that he would be signing with Pallacanestro Virtus Roma (in Italy) instead of going to play for Lute Olson at Arizona. Jennings has had trouble with the […]

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  20. he went to Europe because he could not pass the SAT. He is very talented, but scumbags ike Scott Maclain, SCA and Pat Barrett never made Jennings into a man.

    Comment by coach — July 17, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

  21. Brandon Help Us… We`d like to win something of important in Italy and in Europe too…
    You`re our Hope…

    Comment by Yugi — July 17, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

  22. cioa Brandon, sbrigate ti aspettiamo

    Comment by claudio — July 18, 2008 @ 12:08 am

  23. Hi Brandon !

    With you in the Italian Pro League (LegaA), there is not trip for cats !

    Go ! Go ! Go ! To win !

    Comment by Roberto "Chief" — July 18, 2008 @ 1:03 am

  24. Hi Brandon !

    With you, in the Italian Pro League (LegaA), there is not trip for cats !

    Go ! Go ! Go ! Go to win !!!!

    Comment by Roberto "Chief" — July 18, 2008 @ 1:04 am

  25. seems like a lot of people from america, especially ones from Arizona, are very narrow minded people. I wish you the best BJ, and i’ll for sure be watching euro ball this season!

    p.s can’t wait till other players do the same!

    Comment by Reg — July 18, 2008 @ 6:37 am

  26. http://www.nysun.com/sports/a-new-drive-high-school-to-europe-to-nba/82171/

    Comment by Reg — July 18, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  27. Hawkins could kiss my ass, he will never make it to the nba, Jennings is ready; and being as skinny and how short as he is that is saying alot, 9 out of 10 of thos ranking sites are picking him #1 in the 09 draft. so what else do you have to say Meatball?

    Comment by muggz27 — July 18, 2008 @ 11:54 am

  28. To : “The Meatball”. You are the most stupid and sorriest person on this site. It is clear that you have no life, as most of your sorry, pathetic, pitiful comments about a teenage boy, who is living his life. Grow-up and get a damn life, or better yet drop dead and do the world a favor. It is clear that you are jealous of a teenager :P YOUR CONSTANT REFERRENCE OF A “BLOW JOB” IS ALL YOU CAN DO, YOU IMPOTENT CREATURE.

    Comment by BUTTERFLY — July 18, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

  29. If this guy DID (finally) qualify on his SAT and still decided to go to EUROPE, that will be a risk and possible and irreversible one. If he didn’t qualify I dun see why he should go through the Junior College Process, risking to be forgotten knowing that he could’ve made millions already. I mean this is pretty tough but hey at the end of the day, it’s all about him.

    Comment by Larry — July 18, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

  30. Let’s go Brandon!!! Let’s go Brandon!!!

    Comment by Daniele — July 20, 2008 @ 2:09 am

  31. a brandone è vero che ciai er cazzetto?

    Comment by silvano — July 20, 2008 @ 4:14 am

  32. Welcome Brandon,
    e annamooo, altro ke danny ferry…sta volta se la divertimo…bella!

    Comment by KG — July 20, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

  33. Your gonna get your @$$ handed to you over there, should have gone to arizona!

    Comment by TommyJ — July 20, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

  34. Way to go, Its good to see someone stick it to the college hoops system. And I’m sure you sought the advice of other players that played there as well as Coach Smith. Second for all of the dummies that are posting on here. Look at Brandon’s stats compared to other players that playes at Oak Hill Academy like um, Carmelo, Durant, Mercer, Stackhouse, Rondo and then question why someone would do this. He did pass the SAT’s and could easily make it without a question. Way to stick it too the rules. And thanks for the pict with my kids at the game.

    Comment by Brandon Horne — July 21, 2008 @ 9:51 am

  35. daje brandon..welcome in rome..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!forza virtus

    Comment by luca — July 21, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  36. muggz27- Well, you must live in the same fantasy land that Jennings does, as there isn’t one mock NBA Draft that has him as the #1 pick. Why not provide proof? Are you capable of reading? It’s now currently July 21st, 2008 and the highest I see him projected out of 7 Mock Drafts is #4 to the Knicks. The whole point is, it doesn’t matter where he is projected right now in the Summer of 2008. When he is exposed and pushed around next year by less talented guards, the world (i.e. NBA) will know that Jennings is a soft primadona. The comparisons to Iverson will dry up, and he will be an after thought in next years NBA draft. Just face the facts; he didn’t qualify for school. That makes him either incompentent, lazy, or stupid. Take your pick Butterfly. The only choice he made was playing in Europe rather than going to a Junior College, and the reason he made that choice was simply monetary. Well kiddo, I for one believe your greed and lack of intelligence has taken you to a place where you will fail. I could not care less if you failed or succeeded, but it’s pretty fun posting on here and reading uneducated drivel spewing from some of you illiterate posters. I’m surprised some of you can even operate a PC. Kudos for that accomplishment!

    Comment by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead — July 21, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  37. I dont know….he should have went to AZ. he could have covered up his defecinces. Now he’s going to be exposed by stonger but less talented gaurds he has no jump shot and he is very skinny. He might turn out worst than Sebastian Telfair. He could have went to a junior college but his stock might have went down and possible forgotten. But this decision is probably the best for his family I wish him alot of luck.

    Comment by MARSHALL — July 21, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

  38. grande brandon!!a siena glie devi fa li bozzi!!

    Comment by marco — July 21, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

  39. siena menssana figli di puttana!!!

    Comment by marco — July 21, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

  40. ao sentite un po ma allan ray va via??rx tifosi della virtus

    Comment by marco — July 21, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

  41. daje brandon tocca vince l’eurolega e il campionato.preso jennings,brezec,becirovic e gigli dopo chi prenderemo???rispondete

    Comment by marco — July 22, 2008 @ 5:19 am

  42. first off Brandon y pic the Euroleague……second of i doubt Brandon will have problems with David Hawkins a temple scrub.

    Comment by Jon — July 22, 2008 @ 8:48 am

  43. daje brandon!

    Comment by marco — July 23, 2008 @ 12:52 am

  44. Congratulation “BRANDON” on signing with Team Roma, Italia. This will be the first time that i will be watching an Italy team and not USA college ball this year. So excited for you and your family. Italia is a wonderful country and are very friendly and welcoming. I know you will have a great season or more there.

    :) :) :)

    Comment by WAY TO GO BRANDON — July 23, 2008 @ 7:15 am

  45. Good luck Brandon. Heard you on radio today here in LA. Real proud of you. Good to hear good news for a change about a young black man from Compton. You didn’t miss much by not going to college for one year. I have never read such racist trash that I did on the bathroom walls while I was in college. There are alot of good people and a few bad ones. Keep positive you will be ok. I see you butterfly, good comments, give me a call.

    Comment by Ken — July 23, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

  46. Ken, i couldn’t get that station he was on, so i miss the interview from Roma :(
    What did Brandon say. I know that you will now be watching the Italy league now and not the USA college basketball :)
    I heard that he love Italy, and Rome. Will you be going over to Italy to watch him play this season :)

    Comment by BUTTERFLY — July 23, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

  47. look meatball, this kid is young, under sized and under weight. i dont know what you have against him but he is talented. im not saying this kid is number 1, but he has great ball handeling skills and passing skills for his age. he’s good now but in a few years if he works hard he will be great. no one expects him to be mvp his first year out of high school so cut the kid some slak and weight until he starts playing in europe before you run your mouth. and if you really dont like him then get off his fan page

    Comment by score keeper — July 23, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

  48. hey, the enviroment isn’t the best ^^ so pollution :P i’m glad that you’ll come here. daje brandon!

    Comment by niccolò — July 23, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  49. Brandon,
    shake all them dumb ass broke haters off!!
    Do your thing, make that money & take care of your family
    ONE LOVE!

    Comment by RIO — July 23, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

  50. Brandon Jennings is awesome!!!! I watched some videos on youtube and he is very good to be an 18 year-old player… I’m lookin forward to the first match he’ll play with the best team in Italy ;)!!!!VIRTUS ROMA!! Im sure You’ll enjoy Roma and the Euroleague… GOOD LUCK BRANDON AND WELCOME IN ROMA CAPUT MUNDI!

    Comment by Virtus — July 24, 2008 @ 2:40 am

  51. Congrats Brandon continue to be succesful eveb though u did’nt become a wildcat I still think u can become am major phenom in Italy and the NBA.

    Comment by Adam McKinley — July 24, 2008 @ 10:10 am

  52. congratulations!!!!! i think you will do exceptional in the league. If you inprove your shot and pump some iron you will be an allstar. I cant wait to watch you on the television in the nba.

    Comment by jay sharp — July 24, 2008 @ 11:46 am

  53. U are still the best don’t let those haters put u down. Just because u did’nt go to Arizona goes to show u who your real fans r

    Comment by Gregory — July 24, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

  54. This just in, BUTTERFLY is actually Brandon Jennings posting on his own site. What other moron would say “i” when they mean “I”, “miss” when they mean “missed”, “Italy league” when they mean “Italian League”, used “now” too many times in a sentence, “love” when they mean “loves” and what the F is with “Will you be going” ? Seriously, did you even pass the 5th grade Brandon? How sad.

    Comment by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead — July 24, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

  55. I am sorry for everything i said about Brandon Jennings, The reason why i said those things was because he he dumped be in high school. I loved him then and i still love him now. Go Brandon Jennings. :)

    Comment by Dave "The Meatball" Armistead — July 25, 2008 @ 7:35 am

  56. U are still the best brandon I look up to u not only as a baller but as one of the greatest players to come ou of high school. Others r just jealous they didn’t get the gift from god.

    Comment by Patrick — July 25, 2008 @ 11:33 am

  57. I’m sorry Brandon, i just want you to be mine again. i will always love you.

    Love always,
    Teresa

    Comment by Dave "The Meatball" Armistead — July 25, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

  58. I’m sorry Brandon, i just want you to be mine again. I will always be your biggest fan, and i will always love you

    Love Always,
    Teresa

    Comment by Dave "The Meatball" Armistead -- — July 25, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

  59. looka hea Brandon Fuckin Jennings is a beast he gon b dancin round wit dem euro players..yal talkn bout his weight well the last time i check Iverson weighs how much???? rookie year and now??????……..yep thought so called heart dumb fuckas..look forward to c’n ya play n da 2009-2010 season show how we americans from da hood do.

    Comment by Royal_Boi — July 26, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  60. I love that some illiterate idiot found it necessary to post under my moniker…how cute. Brandon will fail, plain and simple. He is like a mustard burp; momentarily tangy, but eventually forgotten in the wind.

    Comment by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead — July 28, 2008 @ 9:07 am

  61. And after the introduction…

    http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=WGz5sjbv7xs&feature=user

    He looks happy :)

    Comment by Daron — July 29, 2008 @ 3:58 am

  62. good luck cus. i´ll get the euro basketball over here in the d.r.
    stick to what you know that is basketball. you will be ok.

    Comment by charles jr. — July 30, 2008 @ 7:47 pm

  63. Wat Eva…He has no choice butt 2 get betta… Jennings gonna step up and do wat he does best (BALL)…and come back to the States “a monster”…JUST WATCH…TRUE FAN…

    Comment by FACEBOOK.COM — August 6, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  64. To: Charles Jr. Will you and Mac be going to Italia to watch your cus play this year? Everyone is trying to get Brandon for a big shoe contract, who do you think he should go with? Also, I heard that coke wants to sign him with a big deal.
    E-mail me, know what is going on with you. Mac has my e-mail address. I will be going to Italy, later after i wrap up some business.

    Comment by BUTTERFLY — August 9, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

  65. i love jennings

    Comment by Dave "The Meatball" Armistead -- — August 12, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

  66. The idiot imposter strikes again on August 12th, 2008. Thought you’d get the last word? I am going to laugh when Jennings has a career ending injury in a few months. He will find that Euro contracts are not guaranteed like they are in the NBA and will be left with around 50K after his medical bills, a limp, and a 4th grade education. But since he is a baller and has the smarts of a 7 year old retarded midget, he will likely spend the 50K on jewerly and a car. So by 22 he will be broke, but he will always have those memories. Now that he can’t play basketball, what is Young Money going to do? I hope he chooses to stay in Europe as he will only be a welfare and disability burden on the US. Stay in Europe young money.

    Comment by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead — August 13, 2008 @ 11:18 am

  67. It’s funny to see that people know the outcome before Jennings plays a game. And if I remember correctly, Hawkins is playing in the Italian league b/c he wasn’t NBA material!

    Comment by Wess — August 23, 2008 @ 7:45 am

  68. See you in the L real soon, Brandon!

    Comment by Wess — August 23, 2008 @ 7:46 am

  69. Im the real meatball and i love Jennings!

    Comment by Dave "The Meatball" Armistead -- — August 28, 2008 @ 10:44 am

  70. man tape yo games and put them on youtube so i can c u do yo thang good luck

    Comment by james mason — September 12, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

  71. Jennings is gonna mess up against David Hawkins? 230 pounds, he shouldn’t keep up against him for anything but his “experience”. Hawkins won’t be able to keep up, he’ll be a fouling machine!
    But I do think this competition will help Jennings, his teams won’t cupcake it up against bad teams like LMU, Weber State, and Oregon State. This kid can play. If anybody’s seen gunnin for that #1 spot, where he destroyed dudes in the elite 24, then people know he’s got talent. If he has the drive to succeed, he can go as far as he wants to. If Rondo can do it, so can Jennings. Was Gary Payton huge when he was named to all-defensive teams? No. That’s all myth. You know who’s big? Marcus Williams and Deron Williams. And they can’t defend for shit! It’s about heart, skills, and determination. If he focuses on improving his game, and doing team things, he’ll be good. Forget about hype, and just play. Eventually we’ll see the results.

    Comment by Dave "The Meatball" Armistead — October 6, 2008 @ 11:52 pm

  72. i will be ruding for you and trust me hawkins doesn’t have anything on you because your quick is so quick its quicker than his quick. Have fun in Italy.

    Comment by Nitronatester — May 24, 2009 @ 9:50 am

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