Jason Jennings (basketball)

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Jason Jennings
Personal information
Born (1979-04-18) April 18, 1979 (age 39)
Bald Knob, Arkansas
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Bald Knob (Bald Knob, Arkansas)
College
NBA draft 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Position Center
Career highlights and awards
  • Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year (2002)

Jason Jennings (born April 18, 1979) is an American professional basketball player. After attending college at Arkansas State University, Jennings was the 43rd pick of the 2002 NBA Draft, selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. He subsequently chose to play professionally in Europe.

College career

Jennings began his college career at the University of Arkansas. The 7-foot, 250-pound center blocked 25 shots in his freshman year, scoring a personal-best 17 points against Bethune-Cookman. He started 17 of 31 games in his sophomore season, averaging 4.3 points on 56.7% shooting and 2.7 rebounds per game, and accumulating 36 blocked shots. Jennings scored a season-high 12 points against Mississippi State.

After his sophomore year, Jennings transferred to Arkansas State, where he sat out 1999–2000 season as required by NCAA transfer guidelines.

Playing as a junior, he was named to the Second Team All-District 8 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Jennings set a school record with 102 blocks (3.5 blocks per game, good for 8th in the nation). He led his team in scoring, with 13.9 points per game and leading the team in 7 games, and rebounding, with 7.1 rebounds per game and team-best 12 times. Jennings achieved the first triple-double in school history, with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks against Morris Brown College.

In his senior season, Jennings averaged 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocks (8th in nation) per game. He totaled 29 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks against Denver. He was selected to the All-Tournament team at the Outrigger Rainbow Classic after averaging 17.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 blocks against Georgia, Boston College and Portland.

Career highlights

  • Two-time All-Sun Belt Selection
  • First player in conference history to post two 100-block seasons
  • Scored in double figures in 48 of 59 games at Arkansas State
  • Second in school history in blocks (203)
  • Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2002)

External links

  • NBA.com 2002 Draft: player profile
  • ESPN Draft Tracker
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