"Danny plays as hard as any high school big man in the country. He combines great size with a tremendous thirst to get better. Danny gives us outstanding size and bulk that we’ve lacked the last few years. He should develop into one of the premier rebounders in the big East, and he is learning from a New England prep school legend in Jere Quinn."- Bob Huggins
These were the words Bob Huggins used to usher in the highly touted freshman, Dan Jennings. Jennings was from the same school in Oakdale, Conn that former Mountaineer, Devin Ebanks attended. He also played AAU ball with current Mountaineer, Darryl Bryant. He played in the Jordan Brand All-Star Classic after his Senior year of high school. We hoped, like Huggins, that he and Deniz Kilicili would anchor the middle for the Mountaineers.
Earlier this week, Jennings informed the coaching staff of his decision to transfer to another school. He hopes to transfer to another DI school where he would have to sit out a year. We here at the Smoking Musket thought that we would provide you with a Dan Jennings Mountaineer career retrospective.
On 11/16/2009, Jennings burst onto the scene in his first game as a Mountaineer in a big way. The Mountaineers were struggling in their first game that season against Loyola MD. That was one of the games that Devin Ebanks was not on the team because of "personal issues," John Flowers went out with an injury, and Kilicili sat out the first game of his NCAA suspension.
He came off the bench and changed the game by scoring 9 points, and 12 rebounds to go along with 3 blocks and 3 dunks. He inspired his teammates to play the Bob Huggins way and finish off Loyola. By grabbing the 12 rebounds, Jennings became the first Mountaineer to accomplish that in his first appearance. The 16 minutes that he played in that game were the most that he would play in a game during his freshman year. He finished his freshman year playing 4.6 minutes per game, 1.5 points, and 1.6 rebounds per game.
He was expected to be a bigger contributor in his sophomore season. And technically he was for a time. He started four games this past season, averaging 8.6 minutes, 2.1 points, and 2.5 rebounds per game increasing his production. He saw more time early in the season, but when he didn't get the minutes that he thought he should have, his production slipped.
On January 23, Jennings left the bench during the second half of the game against USF and was not seen in a Mountaineer uniform after that.
So concludes Dan Jennings Mountaineer career. Thanks, Dan, for what little you contributed. We hope you get things straight.