Kris Jenkins struggled at times on Wednesday, but Gonzaga’s 6-foot-6 rising junior certainly helped himself in front of college coaches when he made a game-winning 25-footer in overtime in D.C. Assault’s first game then made consecutive three-pointers as Assault rallied in a one-point loss in its second game.
For a player who often plays in the post but is projected to play on the wing in college, making long-range shots could be pivotal in the eyes of college coaches.
Jenkins sprained an ankle in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament semifinals and missed most of the spring season. He said he is just now starting to regain his form on the court, though he still is adjusting to the speed of the game.
Just as he got going in the second half of Assault’s second game, he tried to take a charge and was whistled for his fourth foul, sending him to the bench for most of the second half.
“I think I did well other than I got in foul trouble,
” Jenkins said. “When I was in the game, I did play hard. But when I did get in a mini-flow, I got another foul, which I probably should have let go.”
Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said that Jenkins holds scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Miami, Richmond and Xavier. George Washington, Virginia, Villanova, South Carolina, West Virginia and Pittsburgh also have shown interest and coaches from most of those schools are expected to be courtside when Assault plays this afternoon. More than 45 minutes before the game, GW Coach Mike Lonergan had taken his seat.
Jenkins, though, has not begun to whittle the list of suitors.
“I’ll probably start thinking about schools after this month,” Jenkins said.