Bubba Jennings

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Bubba Jennings
Personal information
Born 1960s
New Mexico
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
High school Clovis (Clovis, New Mexico)
College Texas Tech (1980–1985)
NBA draft 1985 / Round: 4 / Pick: 86th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Position Point guard
Number 4
Career history
As coach:
1985–1986 Texas Tech (graduate assistant)
1986–1995 Artesia HS
1998?–2001? Coronado HS
2001?–2008 Texas Tech (video operations manager)
2008–2013 Texas Tech (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Brooks "Bubba" Jennings (born 1960s) is an American basketball coach and former player. He is best known for his collegiate playing career when he suited up for Texas Tech University between 1980 and 1985. During his time as a Red Raider, Jennings recorded 1,727 points, 378 assists and 149 steals.[1] As a senior in 1984–85 he was honored with the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, a national award given to the best college men's basketball player who is 6'0" or shorter.[2] At the end of the 2012–13 season, after having served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Jennings was fired as part of a wholesale change in direction of the men's basketball department at Texas Tech.[3]

Playing career[edit]

High school[edit]

Jennings attended Clovis High School in Clovis, New Mexico.[4] He had a highly successful prep career, and in his final season in 1979–80 he set a state record for points in a game (75, December 1979, at Reese Air Force Base)[5] and season.[4] The NHSCAA named him to their All-America and Academic All-America teams;[4] by another voting outlet, he was the New Mexico Player of the Year in 1980.[4] Jennings also led Clovis to a New Mexico AAAA state championship in his junior season of 1978–79 and was named to the Class 4A all-state team.[4] Upon high school graduation, he was inducted into the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame.[4]

College[edit]

Between 1980–81 and 1984–85, Jennings played four seasons at Texas Tech University (he redshirted his true sophomore season in 1981–82 when he broke his foot in the third game of the season).[5] In each of his four years he was named an All-Southwest Conference (SWC) selection.[1] During the 1982–83 season, the Red Raiders team consisted of only eight players.[5] Jennings was the catalyst for an historic season during his senior year in 1984–85. His 19.5 points paced the Red Raiders to a 23–8 overall record (12–4 SWC) conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, Texas Tech's first appearance in nine years.[1] He was named the SWC Player of the Year as well as the SWC Defensive Player of the Year, honored with the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, was an honorable mention All-American, and was the SWC Athlete of the Year (regardless of sport).[1][4][6] He led the team in scoring in three of his seasons while he also paced them for two seasons in both steals and assists.[4] Jennings started all 117 games he played as a Red Raider.[1]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1980–81 Texas Tech 28 28 34.0 .461 .796 1.4 2.9 0.6 0.1 10.9
1982–83 Texas Tech 26 26 .454 .854 2.0 4.3 1.7 16.0
1983–84 Texas Tech 29 29 31.4 .505 .848 1.7 3.1 1.6 0.2 13.8
1984–85 Texas Tech 31 31 34.6 .548 .868 2.3 3.1 1.4 0.2 19.5
Career 114 114 .497 .849 1.9 3.3 1.3 15.1

Professional[edit]

Following college, the Dallas Mavericks chose him in the fourth round (86th overall) in the 1985 NBA Draft, although he never played in the league.[2] He instead went to Europe to play for the London Docklands Crystal Palace, although his career was short-lived.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Jennings began his basketball coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech.[6] He then got a head coaching job at Artesia High School in Artesia, New Mexico, where in nine seasons the team won two state championships.[6] He also served as the head golf coach at Artesia and led them to one state title in that time.[6] Jennings' next stop was Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas.[4] He led the school to back-to-back district and bi-district championships and was named the city coach of the year and District 3–5A.[4] Eventually he returned to Texas Tech, also located in Lubbock, and spent several years as the men's basketball team's video operations manager. He moved his way up the college coaching ranks and in 2008 was named a full-time assistant coach.[7] In March 2013, the entire staff except for interim head coach Chris Walker were fired by Texas Tech officials.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "2009–10 Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Records. Texas Tech University. 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bubba Jennings". Everything Lubbock. July 19, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Graham, Mike (March 16, 2013). "Entire Texas Tech basketball coaching staff except interim-head coach Chris Walker has been fired". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Bubba Jennings profile". Coach Bio. Texas Tech University. 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Sefko, Eddie (March 8, 1985). "Raiders' general; Bubba Jennings is Texas Tech's little big man". Houston Chronicle. pp. 1, 5, Sec. 2. 
  6. ^ a b c d ""Bubba" Jennings Named Asst. Basketball Coach". Texas Tech. Scout.com. July 8, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ Graham, Mike (June 17, 2011). "Bubba Jennings to remain on Texas Tech basketball staff". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 18, 2013.