Clemson has announced that senior forward Milton Jennings will play against the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday Dec. 8. Jennings is suspended for the third time in just 13 months, and will miss Sunday’s game against South Carolina as the final game of his 2-game suspension. Jennings was arrested Wednesday morning for possession of 0.5 grams of marijuana, and was later released on a $620 personal recognizance bond.
Head coach Brad Brownell has decided to keep Jennings on the team regardless of his history. His previous two suspensions were for an on the court exchange with Brownell, and for academic reasons.
Jennings is arguably the Tigers’ best player and is averaging 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and almost 1 blocked shot per game. He is also a fantastic free throw and 3-point shooter, and is shooting above 50% from the field. At 6’9” and 225 lbs. he is a great face-up power forward who can play inside and out. His overall shooting ability has really improved, but when he’s defended, or on the move, his shot is not nearly as consistent.
Jennings has great potential as a defender given his length. He can defend in the post or move out to the wing where he really disrupts the offense. Even as a senior Jennings is still a very raw talent, but should attract some attention in the second round of the upcoming NBA draft.
Clemson will really struggle if Jennings can’t get his act together, and on a team made up of mostly underclassmen, he needs to be a better leader and role model as you would expect from a solid senior ball player.