Last year, high school basketball phenom Brandon Jennings opted to go play professionally in Europe rather than play in college. And although he may not have had the success he's dreamed of so far in his first pro season, he's not forgetting about those less fortunate. Jennings has been spending the last year in Rome and has grown close to his Italian neighbors and fans. So much so, that according to SLAM Online
, Jennings dropped $50,000 towards helping the victims of the earthquake that shook central Italy.
"After living in Rome this year, my family has found a second home. When I heard about the devastation of the earthquake I knew I had to do something," Jennings said. "Growing up in Southern California, I am no stranger to earthquakes and after seeing on television and on the internet how many people died and how many families lost everything, I wanted to do my part."
The money went towards the National Italian American Foundation's (NIAF)/Abruzzo Relief Fund (www.niaf.org/relief ) which is specifically providing support for victims of the earthquake. As far as Jennings and the NBA, the young upstart is expected to be a part of the draft this summer.