WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Jennings may be traded from Milwaukee to Atlanta
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Bucks’ point guard Brandon Jennings could be headed to Atlanta. ESPN says the two teams might be considering a sign-and-trade deal that would send Hawks’ point guard Jeff Teague to Milwaukee.
Both players are restricted free agents – and while the Bucks have promised to do what’s necessary to keep Jennings, reports say that Teague is frustrated with the lack of progress on talks for a new contract with Atlanta. Teague played under new Bucks’ coach Larry Drew last season with the Hawks, averaging about 15 points and seven assists per game. Jennings helped lead the Bucks to the playoffs twice in the last four seasons, but not past the first round either time.
A high school quarterback from Florida says he’ll play his college football at Wisconsin. D.J. Gillins, who’s starting his senior year at Ribault High School in Jacksonville, has given a verbal commitment to the Badgers. He missed his most of last year with a torn ACL knee ligament, but he’s expected to be ready to return this fall. Gillins threw for over 2,700 yards as a sophomore, with 31 touchdowns. Gillins committed to Texas Tech last fall – but he withdrew after coach Tommy Tuberville left for Cincinnati. Gillins also had scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Arizona, and Boston College. He is Wisconsin’s fourth known commitment over the last month, and the 11th in all for the 2014 recruiting class.
Two more University of Wisconsin football players are being considered for national post-season awards. Senior running back James White was named today to a watch-list for the Maxwell Award, presented to a selection panel’s national player-of-the-year. Senior linebacker Chris Borland was named as a pre-season candidate for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player. White is the only Bowl Subdivision player to have a career rushing average of over six yards per carry. He has 2,571 rushing yards, second-highest among active running backs. Borland is on the Bednarik watch list for the second year in a row. He has 13 forced fumbles for his career, one short of the Big Ten record. On Friday, Badgers’ receiver Jared Abbrederis was named to the watch list for Paul Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player.
Emily Cervantes of Waukesha Catholic Memorial has been named the state girls’ high school soccer player-of-the-year by the coaches association. Cervantes, a forward, had 50 goals and seven assists in her freshman year as she led Memorial to the Division-Two state title. Earlier, she received All-American honors from the national coaches’ association. Cervantes was also named one of the state’s “First 11” high school standouts along with forward Katie Grall of Waukesha West. Six midfielders were honored – Josee Stiever and Anny West of Cedarburg, Sydney Buss of Kimberly, Anna Smalley of Menomonee Falls, Mary Erikson of Madison Memorial, and Meg Van de Loo of Eau Claire Memorial. Also named were defenders Jada Dayne of Waunakee and Sarah Fotsch of Brookfield Central, and goal-keeper Megan Ledin of Middleton.