Years before he signed a free agent contract to join the Wizards on Wednesday, point guard Brandon Jennings got to know the area well while doing an internship in Baltimore, Md. with the sports apparel company Under Armour.
The 27-year-old guard was once the company's first shoe endorser. He signed a contract with UA in 2008 and first represented them overseas during his one season with the Italian team Lottomatica Roma. Then, three years after that he took an internship during the NBA's lockout year of 2011-12.
"I used to come down here to Barry Farm and play in the D.C. pro-am on the weekends. Things like that. I spent a little time out here," Jennings said.
Jennings played in Drew League vs. Goodman League games with John Wall, Kevin Durant, James Harden and others at Barry Farm in Southeast Washington. His day job at Under Armour was all about designing footwear.
"Just creating shoes. Working out every day. I was just rolling around the campus every day with a basketball. It was pretty cool," he said.
According to SLAM Magazine, Jennings' title at UA was the 'Curator of Cool.' The company gave him an expense-paid condo and an office overlooking the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Also, he was allowed to drive CEO Kevin Plank's suped-up Jeep. Hey, that doesn't like the interships I did.