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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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5 things to know about new Wizards forward Okaro White

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5 things to know about new Wizards forward Okaro White

The Washington Wizards are set to add power forward, Okaro White to their NBA roster. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player.

1. White, 26, is a 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward who played two seasons for the Miami Heat. In 41 total games, White averaged 2.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and shot 38.8 percent from the field. Though he never appeared in games with them, White also spent time with the Cavs, Hawks and Spurs. He also played Summer League for the Mavs and Grizzlies.

2. He has a decent outside shot for a big man. White has shot 35.6 percent from three in the NBA and made 37.5 percent from long range as a senior at Florida State. The fact he's an excellent free throw shooter is also a good sign. White made 79.9 percent from the line in college and has shot 86 percent in the G-League and 88 percent in the NBA.

3. White played with former Wizards first-round pick Chris Singleton in college. White was a freshman, while Singleton was a junior and the star of the team. White was also a starter on the 2011-12 team that won the Seminoles' first-ever ACC championship.

4. Though he's a bit undersized for a big man, White can block shots. He once had four in a game against the Nets on Jan. 25 of 2017 and three against the Sixers in March of that year. 

5. White's mom, Charmaine, was an Olympic athlete who represented Jamaica in track and field.

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Wizards likely to sign free agent Okaro White to fill 14th roster spot, per source

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Wizards likely to sign free agent Okaro White to fill 14th roster spot, per source

The Wizards are set to sign free agent power forward Okaro White to fill their 14th roster spot, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

Washington needs to add a 14th player to reach the league roster minimum after they waived guard Chasson Randle on Nov. 11. Technically, they have until Nov. 25, per league rules which allow teams to carry 13 players for 14 days.

White, 26, has played two NBA seasons, both with the Miami Heat. He was undrafted out of Florida State University and has also spent time with the Cavs, Hawks and Spurs despite not appearing in regular season games with them.

White has played 41 total NBA games. He has career averages of 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds.

Though White will get an NBA roster spot, he could see time with the team's G-League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go. At the NBA level, he gives the Wizards another big man, which could come in handy depending on how long Dwight Howard is affected by his piriformis muscle injury.

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