13 Ned Jennings

Name
Ned Jennings
Position
Center
Class
SR
Hometown (Last School)
Carlisle, KY (Nicholas County)
Ht
6'9"
Wt
220
Seasons
1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61
Birthday
October 8, 1938

From the 1961 University of Media Guide:

At a towering 6 ft., 9 in., Ned Jennings is the tallest Wildcat since seven-foot and for the fourth straight year of his collegiate career is the key man in Kentucky’s plans for a successful season. If he rounds into shape and reaches the form he is seemingly capable of attaining, big Ned could help the Wildcat cause immensely by providing desperately needed board strength. With Jennings out of the lineup (as appears the case in pre-season planning), would go to the post with an opening unit whose tallest man is 6-5 1/2 Vince Del Negro. Until such time as Ned proves himself ready to move, rebound and score better than smaller men, Rupp is inclined to sacrifice height for speed. There’s also a worry over Jenning’s physical condition. He’s missed parts of every season. In the middle of his fresh-man year, he was out eight games following an emergency appendectomy; just before the 1958-59 season, he suffered a cut in the corner of his eye and then sprained an ankle that caused him to miss the last nine regular season games; and last year he had to sit out three crucial games at season’s end with another sprained ankle. When in shape, Jennings is well coordinated for his size and possesses a good jump shot from medium distances plus hooks with either hand. He is tough on the boards and a better than average defensive man. Besides avoiding the injuries this season, Jennings must trim off some of the excess weight that he had on at reporting time. In his first two varsity campaigns, Ned has played about 568 minutes in 33 games and collected 225 points. His high point effort came in a terrific night against last year with 27 points and he was second among Wildcat rebounders for the season with 162.

Obituary – Jennings, Ned Glenn, Lexington Herald-Leader (January 20, 2008)

JENNINGS Ned Glenn, 69, passed away peacefully on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 after a brief battle with cancer, in the presence of his family.

He was born in Carlisle, to the late Robert and Geneva Jennings. Ned grew up in Nicholas County, and attended the University of Kentucky where he played basketball and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce.

Ned worked throughout his life in various management positions and retired from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. He spent his life and retirement doing the things he loved most which were gardening, fishing, playing golf, attending bible study and spending time with his family and their dog Belle. He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and the K-Men Association.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Lou Gelder Jennings; a son, Stephen (Robin) Jennings, two daughters, Angela (James) Milton, and Ashley (John) Thomas; a brother, Joe (Bessie) Jennings, a sister, Shirley DeJean; and six grandchildren, Addison, Wyatt, and Landon Jennings, Brayden and Carson Milton, and Zachary Thomas.

Remembrances may be made through contributions to Second Presbyterian Church, 460 East Main Street, Lexington, KY, 40507 or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, 40504. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 from 5-7pm at W.R. Milward on Southland Drive. A memorial service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 1pm.