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5 things to know about new Wizards guard Brandon Jennings

5 things to know about new Wizards guard Brandon Jennings

Here are five things to know about point guard Brandon Jennings, whom the Wizards signed to a free agent deal on Wednesday following his release from the New York Knicks...

--Jennings played the junior and senior seasons of his high school career at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Jennings grew up in Compton, California and transferred to Oak Hill after two years at Dominguez High School. At Oak Hill he played along former Duke star and NBA player Nolan Smith and former Maryland guard Pe'Shon Howard. Oak Hill is a basketball factory that has produced stars at the college and NBA level like Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Jerry Stackhouse.

--Jennings was the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Virginia for the 2007-08 season. He was the No. 1 recruit for the 2008 high school class as ranked by ESPN and Scout.com. That class included Wizards forward Markieff Morris and NBA All-Stars like Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Isaiah Thomas and Kemba Walker.

--Jennings committed to the University of Arizona before instead opting to turn pro and play in Europe for Acea Virtus Roma, an Italian team based in Rome. Jennings was the first to play in Europe instead of college after the NBA's one-and-done rule was established in 2006. 

--On Nov. 14, 2009 in a game against the Golden State Warriors, Jennings dropped 55 points and became the youngest player ever to hit the 50-mark. His 55 points were the most for a rooke since Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe scored 56 in 1968 as a member of the Baltimore Bullets.

--Jennings has a history with the Wizards. There was this dustup between him and then-Wizards player Casper Ware during the preseason, an incident that saw Kelly Oubre, Jr. step in:

And then there was this game in November where Jennings and Wall had a back-and-forth of trash talking in the fourth quarter of a Wizards win. All of that is water under the bridge, of course, now that Jennings is on their side.

[RELATED: Scott Brooks reacts to Wizards signing Brandon Jennings, cutting rookie Danuel House]

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Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you put Tyler Perry in a room with a bunch of NBA players? If so, we have the answer. 

During the Wizards' road trip to Chicago in January, the famous actor/producer/writer surprised several players in their hotel room and compared heights with them the whole time. 

Perry, who's used to being the tallest in the room at 6'5", was dwarfed by the likes of Thomas Bryant and Johnathan Williams. 

"I ain't ever been in a room where I'm the short guy," Perry said as he greeted all the players. 

There were a couple of players who Perry had the height advantage on. Bradley Beal admitted he was shorter than Perry during the video, while Perry didn't have a doubt he was taller than Gary Payton II. 

"Oh, you're short," Perry joked after Payton revealed his height. 

You can find more of this kind of inside access into the Wizards' trip to Chicago, where the "Wire-to-Wire" special will air on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Ish Smith, Moe Wagner and Scott Brooks will be mic'd up and featured throughout a condensed version of the Wizards' loss to the Bulls in mid-January. 

"The thing is, you look at celebrities as celebrities, but they look at our players as celebrities," Brooks said. "But you could tell that [Perry], he had their attention. Not a lot of times our guys are willing to wait after our breakfast meeting. But they waited around for him so it was really cool to see that."

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How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

The Wizards head to the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors. Before that, fans can enjoy inside NBA access in the debut of 'NBC Sports Wire to Wire'.

'NBC Sports Wire to Wire' will debut Sunday, Mar. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and feature a one-hour condensed game of the Wizards matchup with the Bulls from mid-January. The twist is players and coaches on both sides were mic'd up during the game. 

Ish Smith, Moe Wagner, and Scott Brooks are featured from the Wizards side, while you'll be able to hear Coby White, coach Jim Boylen and former Wizard Tomas Satoransky as well. The broadcast will deliver a mix of on-court audio and sit-down interviews. 

The Wizards fell to the Bulls 115-106 in the game in question. In a head-to-head matchup between two eventual All-Star snubs, Zach LaVine got the best of Bradley Beal, scoring 30 points on 12-21 shooting to get his team the win. 

If you recall, Beal questioned the Wizards' culture after his team dropped what he called a 'winnable game.' Since then, the Wizards are 7-6 and before the All-Star break, were playing some of their best basketball.

Beal has also been exceptional since Washington's last loss in Chicago, so perhaps there's a bit more insight into what went on that game that one, caused Beal to call out his team after the game, and two, sparked one of the best runs of play for the Wizards all year. 

So remember 6:30 p.m. on Sunday before the Wizards-Warriors game. And if you aren't able to catch it the first time, the special will be re-air later Sunday evening at 11:30 p.m.

Here's everything you need to know to tune into the game Sunday and how to watch the Wire to Wire broadcast afterward. 

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors 

Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA

When: Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Warriors will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Warriors on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards vs Bulls

7:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

8:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live

8:30 PM: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors

11:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live

11:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards @ Bulls

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS INJURY REPORT

Wizards: John Wall (OUT/Achilles), Thomas Bryant (OUT/foot)

Warriors: Marquese Chriss (Day-to-day/calf), Draymond Green (Day-to-day/hip), Steph Curry (Day-to-day/hand), Klay Thompson (OUT/knee)

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