JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 2, 2004) - On Saturday, Nov. 27, the East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will honor one of its most recognizable and loved former athletes.
Keith "Mister" Jennings will return to MemorialCenter for a day of special activities and honors, which will include a free basketball clinic, special promotional giveaways, and the retiring of his Jennings' No. 22 jersey at halftime of the Bucs' game against FresnoState. Jennings, who led the Buccaneers to three-straight Southern Conference Championships and trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1989 to 1991, is the program's second-leading scorer with 1,988 points and was named an All-American in 1991.
Activities for Keith "Mister" Jennings Day will kickoff with a free community basketball clinic featuring Jennings and other former Bucs which will begin at in Brooks Gym. Registration for the clinic will be from to , and the first 150 children to attend will receive a special commemorative t-shirt. Following the clinic, the first 2,500 fans to enter the gates for the FresnoState game will receive a free "Mister" JenningsWobbler doll, and will also have an opportunity to purchase a special commemorative t-shirt. And finally, following the game, all fans will be invited to the floor of MemorialCenter for free concessions and an autograph session with Jennings, as well as other past and current Buccaneer basketball players.
For ticket information for the FresnoState game, call 439-ETSU (3878) or visit ETSUBucs.com for more information.
Keith "Mister" Jennings was the main catalyst and most visible player during an unprecedented streak of three-straight Southern Conference Championships for the EastTennesseeState men's basketball team from 1989 to 1991. During that time, Jennings not only led the Buccaneers to team successes that included three-straight visits to the NCAA Tournament and a No. 10 national ranking in 1991, but he also became the most decorated individual player in ETSU athletic history.
While he still ranks No. 4 all-time on the NCAA career list for assists with 983, Jennings was known across the country as one of the preeminent point guards in all of NCAA basketball. However, Jennings was not only a distributor of the basketball. He finished No. 2 all-time on the ETSU scoring list with 1,988 points, and shot a remarkable 59 percent from the floor as a senior - including a sparkling 59 percent from 3-point-range which led the nation in 1991. He ranks second all-time on the NCAA career list for 3-point field goal percentage, hitting on 49.3 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
Amidst all those achievements came an extensive list of awards and honors. Jennings was named the winner of the Naismith Award in 1991, which goes to the nation's top player under six feet. In addition, he was selected as the Southern Conference Player of the Year, the Southern Conference Tournament MVP, and was named All-America by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and the Associated Press.
After his college days, Jennings played professionally in both Europe and the United States for 13 seasons, including a three-year stint with the NBA's Golden State Warriors (1992-95) and a one-year stop with the NBA's Denver Nuggets (1996-97). Today, Jennings is the head varsity basketball coach at HighlandSchool in Warrenton, Va. He and his wife Rachel have two children, Keith Jr., 9, and Kaycee, 6.