Jennings will consider playing in Europe regardless of scores

Updated: July 5, 2008, 2:10 PM ET
By Christopher Lawlor | ESPN.com

Brandon Jennings remains in a holding pattern regarding his basketball future.

On June 20, Jennings told ESPN.com he's considering a professional career in Europe if he falls short of the necessary SAT score. He had said he expected to receive the test score Thursday.

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Jennings, who signed a national letter of intent with the University of Arizona, won't learn his fate until July 5 when his SAT score is released. Jennings, a 6-foot-2 point guard and top-ranked player in the ESPN 150, graduated last month from national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

His mother, Alice Knox, confirmed Thursday the release date of the SAT score and on Friday questioned an East Valley Tribune report, which cited an unnamed source, that said her son failed to meet the required score.

When contacted Friday morning Jennings' mother, Alice Knox, said she had no knowledge of the report and had "no idea about the unnamed source."

When Knox said she attempted to access her sons SAT score online, a message stated the scores were not yet available.

"We're weighing all the options," Knox said Thursday. "We're not bluffing about playing in Europe and even if Brandon gets the SAT score doesn't mean he's going to college."

Knox ruled out junior college or prep school. "We've received so many e-mails from junior colleges, we just delete them," she said.

Oak Hill coach Steve Smith spoke with Jennings on Monday.

"I never had one of my kids out of high school call about playing in Europe," Smith said. "I don't think any American kid has done this; he'd be a pioneer and open some doors for others. A year from today he'll be a lottery pick in the NBA draft."

If Jennings attends Arizona, he is likely to declare for the 2009 NBA draft.

Christopher Lawlor is a high school sports writer for ESPN.com.

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Christopher Lawlor has covered high school sports for more than 20 years, most recently with USA TODAY, where he was the head preps writer responsible for national high school rankings in football, baseball and boys and girls basketball. He also ran the Gatorade national player of the year program for nine years.

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