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Brandon Jennings makes debut with Wisconsin Herd

by Jeremy C. Norris*

With over 3,000 in attendance for Mascot Night, the Wisconsin Herd were excited to take on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants with a new addition to the team, former Milwaukee Bucks first round draft pick Brandon Jennings. The Herd announced they had claimed Jennings off waivers on February 13th from the Shanxi Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.

The Herd worked their way to a 58-53 lead at the half, primarily due to the efforts of Jennings, Ricky Ledo, and Bucks two-way player Marshall Plumlee. After the half they quickly fell behind as the Mad Ants outscored the Herd 42-24 in the third quarter. The G-League Central Division-leading Mad Ants (22-15) continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter to a final tally of 128-110.

Jennings led the Herd in scoring (31 points) and turnovers (8) while also contributing 8 assists. Plumlee put in a strong effort, going 9-9 from the field, amassing 22 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Ricky Ledo made five three-point field goals to go along with his 8 rebounds and team-high 3 steals.

Mad Ants’ DeQuan Jones led both teams in scoring with 36 points, while their guard Jarrod Uthoff recorded a double-double on the night scoring 21 points and leading both teams in rebounds with 14.

The Herd (17-21), now on a five-game losing streak, travel to Uniondale, New York to take on Milton Doyle and the Long Island Nets on Feb. 23.

*This article was written and photograph taken by Jeremy C. Norris, as his first contribution to the Oshkosh Independent as an intern supervised by Paul Van Auken via the Sociology program at UWO.

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Paul Van Auken

Paul Van Auken has been a member of the sociology and environmental studies faculty at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh since 2007, after completing a Ph.D. in sociology from UW-Madison. A native of Iowa but resident of Wisconsin since 1999, Paul conducts research on issues related to neighborhood, community, land use planning and access to public space, sustainability, and teaching and learning. He also practices public sociology, regularly writing a column called “Shortening the Distance” for Oshkosh Independent. He lives with his wife and two daughters on the historic, walkable, and interesting east side of Oshkosh, near the shores of Lake Winnebago.

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