Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell is going to give Milton Jennings another chance. Brownell announced today that he most likely going to bring Jennings back for next week’s home game against Arizona. The senior forward will not be on the court for Sunday’s game at rival USC.
“Milton is still very much a part of our program, but he will be suspended until next week,” Brownell said. “He will not play against South Carolina, but he will play against Arizona. Milt is a good kid who has made a lot of progress in the two and a half years I’ve been the coach at Clemson. Obviously, he’s made some mistakes and we’ve disciplined him accordingly for those.
“He is certainly not a distraction to our coaching staff and his teammates. We are not ready to give up on Milt. He is upset and disappointed with his most recent actions. He has improved greatly as a teammate over the past few years. He made a selfish mistake, and he will be punished for that, not only through basketball, but also through the university.”
AUDIO: Brad Brownell on Milton Jennings [2:25]
Jennings was suspended this week following an arrest for possession of marijuana and hash. He did not play in the Tigers home loss to Purdue Wednesday night, but he was on the bench in street clothes. After the loss to the Boilermakers Brownell said he was still mulling his course of action with Jennings.
Jennings has been suspended three times in his career, but this is the only time he’s had legal issues. He’s the team’s leading scorer and second leading rebounder.