Yes, there were the incredible microwave twins, Andre McGee, Preston Knowles. The magical Terrence Williams,Â enigmatic Earl Clark, unflappable Jerry Smith. unpredictable Edgar Sosa, a determined Samardo Samuels. The occasional Will Scott and George Goode, the repress able Jared Swopshire.
The nucleous of a decent team, a competitive team, even a contender.
But the University of Louisville became a different team on January 12th when a little used 6-foot-10 freshman named Terrence Jennings entered the game against Notre Dame at Freedom Hall. Luke Harangody was on a roll, this is until Terrency Jennings stuffed him on three consecutive shots. Harangody scored 28, but most came before Jennings emerged. Finally, at last, someone who could block shots, stop Harangody, the seemingly unstoppable.
When did things start clicking for Jennings?
“When I knew that I had to step up. I didn’t like sitting on the bench. I knew whatever time I did get, whether it be two minutes, or three minutes, whatever, I had to be productive,” he told Inside The Ville. “So that’s what I did, I just valued my time whenever I got on the floor, and coach P, he got that trust in me. So basically that’s what it is, I just do my job, do what he likes me to do, rebound and block shots.”
Jennings has 51 blocks, believe it or not, and he’s just getting started. Needs to improve on his 2.9 rebound average, and he will. He’s a raw talent, an intimidating presence, taking up space, wreaking havoc in the middle, blocking, altering shots, turning threats away.
He won’t get a lot of recognition this season but he has been a force for good, a key element in making this team special.