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New York Knicks Summer League Stud Terrence Jennings Have Big Apple Future?

September 20th, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Matt Agne

When the summer league started it looked like the New York Knicks would have a really fun squad to watch. However, injuries kept the team from playing to its potential and instead the squad struggled. However, there were three main bright spots on the team. Jeremy Tyler stood out and was able to land himself a contract with the Knicks. Toure Murry showed his point guard skills have continued to develop and was given a training camp invite. Terrence Jennings also stood out. Will he have a future in New York?

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How could the New York Knicks' summer league squad struggle with all the talent on the roster? After all, the team was led from Iman Shumpert who was set to play point guard and prove his knee was healthy. This would also be the first time Knicks fans got a chance to watch rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. play in orange and blue.

On top of that, Chris Smith was returning to the squad. The Knicks had brought in Jeremy Tyler, Jerome Jordan was returning, Terrence Jennings was getting a chance, they had intriguing guard Toure Murry on the squad and DIII standout A.J. Matthews. Plus they were giving former Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas a chance to show his skills and athletic forward C.J. Leslie a chance to display his skills after being signed as an undrafted free agent.

That being said, the summer league squad looked too good to struggle. However, once Shumpert and Hardaway Jr. went down with injuries the team struggled mightily. However, Tyler and Murry were able to perform very well and were considered favorites to land roster spots when summer league play was over. Jennings was one of those guys also in the discussion for a chance with the Knicks. Will he join Tyler and Murry in training camp? 

Jennings is a 6'10", 225 pound forward from Durham, NC. He played college basketball for Louisville and showed a lot of skills while playing for the Knicks' summer league squad. Now we have to see if Jennings has a future with the Knicks organization.

In July, The Cardinal Connect reported Jennings NBA life since leaving college.

Since leaving Louisville a year early and forgoing his senior season in 2011, Jennings has played in Belgium and in the NBDL. He was a member of the Liege club in Belgium’s top level professional league during his rookie season. Jennings averaged eight points and five rebounds in 22-minutes per game.

This past season he played in the NBDL, having a brief stint with the Erie Bay Hawks, but he spent the majority of the year with the Iowa Energy. In 33 games Jennings averaged 11-points and three rebounds.

There's very little question if Jennings has an NBA body or not. On top of his height and solid weight he also has a 7'2" wingspan to go along with his well-built frame. However, since leaving Louisville he's struggled to make an impact in the D-League. However, he did show flashes during the summer league where you could see him helping a team. Isn't he worth a further look?

Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report reports Jennings still may have a future with the Knicks organization.

Terrence Jennings, who played on the Knicks' summer league team in Las Vegas, could also end up on the preseason squad.

"The Knicks do like him and we are hoping for an invite to training camp," a source close to Jennings said. "And we know that he is welcomed back to [the] Erie [BayHawks]."

The fact is, the Knicks are pretty well set at power forward. On top of that, Jennings isn't the kind of player the team is looking for to fill their reserve center position. However, he is a young body that could serve as a solid camp body to push the other power forwards and who could be a solid signing for the organization to play for the Erie BayHawks.

What do you think about Jennings? Is he worth a training camp invite? Should the organization try to sign him to a D-League contract? Remember, Jennings has skills but he's still a work in progress.

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Tags: Basketball, Erie BayHawks, Jeremy Tyler, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Terrence Jennings, Toure Murry

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