There is little question that Gonzaga’s Kris Jenkins is the area’s hottest player right now. Each game simply brings another opportunity for Jenkins to show off for the latest coaches to come watch Gonzaga play.
But while the 6-foot-6 junior forward continues to shine, he insists he is not thinking about the college recruiting process, even if college coaches are making special trips just to see him play. On Saturday, after losing at Dayton in a 1 p.m. game, Xavier Coach Chris Mack and an assistant made the trip to Washington to see Jenkins make a career-high six three-pointers and score 27 points in a 76-74 victory over DeMatha.
“I do notice it and it means a lot,” Jenkins said. “But I’m not going to rush my process.”
Jenkins has several scholarship offers, including one from Xavier. He said that Clemson and Villanova have contacted him recently and Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said those two schools along with Pittsburgh “are the three that have really called a lot about him recently.”
Jenkins has been the region’s hottest player of late, averaging 29.2 points over his last five games. That stretch includes his buzzer-beating game-winning three-pointer against Patterson, the first of three games that the Eagles have played without All-Met junior point guard Nate Britt.
Britt, a North Carolina recruit, is out with a bruised calf, but could return this week, perhaps Tuesday against Bishop Ireton or Friday against McNamara.
With Britt out, the pressure has been on Jenkins to deliver, and he has. Turner said that Georgetown Coach John Thompson III came to watch the Eagles play Good Counsel last week, but aside from George Washington he has not heard from other colleges in the region regarding Jenkins since before the season started.
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