But as he faced off mostly against Syracuse's power-packed point guard Jonny Flynn, Jennings impressed in a big way during the full-court scrimmage.
The danger of this format, of course, is that's it's only a loose version of a real game and hardly the place for players like Jennings, Flynn or UCLA's Jrue Holiday to show how they can run a team and make the most of teammates. It's perfect for a guy like Jennings, who didn't help Flynn with the question of whether he can defend and had little trouble getting around Holiday from what I saw either. Most importantly, his shot was far more accurate on this day than it was in his last two Euro League seasons in which he shot 37 percent and 38 percent, respectively.
Now as much as Jennings stood out, the Kings - who were looking at these players as prospects for their No. 4 pick in the June 25 draft - must consider their specific need when it comes to type of point guard. Jennings described himself as a "pass-first" point guard afterward, but that wasn't evident during the workout as he was clearly looking for his shot and putting his one-on-one skills on display. The media was privy to the final 20-or-so minutes of the session, with the curtain down for a good time before that which certainly included action that will affect the team's decision-making process.
Holiday was in for his second workout with the Kings, but the spotlight was off of him mainly because he was faced off against Notre Dame point guard Kyle McAlarney. The winner of this main event, during and after, was Jennings. But because there was no extended video permitted to be shot (no surprise there considering the high stakes of this kind of face off), I decided to take verbal notes while watching the scrimmage. For the most curious of you out there, here is a play-by-play that is somewhat revealing. The bolded line was the highlight of the outing.
Jonny misses jumper over Jennings
Flynn and Jennings guarding each other, Holiday with Notre Dame guy
Jennings denies Flynn, plays tight
Jennings gets free off screen, hits jumper in the lane
Jennings short on jumper top of key against Flynn
Flynn misses drive,
Jennings takes charge from big, nope they called block
Holiday rotates on Jennings, who stutter steps gets around him right baseline and hits layup - no problem getting by Holiday
Notre Dame guy hits jumper left baseline from Holiday assist
Jennings loses Flynn on pick, finds guy for dunk coming left
Jennings steps back, almost three top of arc over Flynn
Jennings misses jumper over Flynn, left wing,
Holiday dunk on the break, Jennings can't get there for LeBron-style block (only lower)
Flynn misses layup in traffic, Jennings the other way gets blocked - layup by Holiday
Jennings loses Flynn on screen, misses layup baseline
Flynn loses Jennings on screen up top, finds big man down low for layup
Holiday big board in traffic with two others, finds big left wing - 20-footer good
Flynn left wing, 20-footer
Holiday pull-up left wing, good over big
Flynn floats right, flip pass left wing, three-pointer good
Flynn goes at Jennings in the lane, Jennings contests, and Flynn misses a five-footer
Guard hits a long two over Holiday coming off a screen
Jennings top of key stepback miss over Flynn
Holiday right wing, finds big through traffic, layup good
Holiday goes hard for layup, Jennings contests and Holiday misses
Holiday driving left, finds Flynn on right wing, who buries a three
Jennings misses three from top, somewhat contested
Jennings takes a spill in the three-man weave, gets quick breather and is back at it again
Holiday throws to self on three-man weave off backboard for the dunk.
You draw your own conclusions of who was most impressive.
Yo is there a vid i can see or tell me the website
Man I wish there was a video showing this. Here is the link.....
Jennings and Flynn going at it! The matchup between 2 of the best point guards in this draft...
even better, in a post-workout interview with the media, Jennings calls rubio "all hype".
From this workout it looks like Holiday did the best. Here are the stats-
Flynn was 2 for 6 from the field with 2 ast 33%FG
Jennings was 3 for 9 from the field 33%FG 1ast 1 foul
Holiday was for 4 for 5 80%FG with 4 ast
This is the 2nd workout Holiday has had with the Kings. He was really impressive in his 1st workout as well. I gotta believe that the Kings are leaning towards drafting Holiday with the 4th pick.
yeah but holliday didnt guard jennings or flynn apparently
That is true, Holiday was matched up against Kyle McAlarney for the majority of the time.
I've been to Sac a few times this month, and the radio's were talking about drafting Holiday quite a bit. They were saying they might trade down to get him later in the lottery, but if he continues to impress, they may have to take him at 4.
I'm starting to get the feeling that Holiday will be who the Kings pick, unless they can find a way to get Rubio.
mccalarny isnt that special of a defender either. hes pretty much a guy who can bring the ball up the court, run an offense, and jack up 35 footers