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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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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. 

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Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes has confirmed. 

Sheppard had been serving as Washington's interim GM since the firing of Ernie Grunfeld on April 2. He oversaw the Wizards' 2019 NBA Draft selections of Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, as well as their offseason transactions this summer. 

According to Hughes, the Wizards will announce the decision next week, with more changes to follow. 

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