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“I just felt like Coach Wright and his staff has presented me with an opportunity and a plan that I couldn’t turn down,” Jenkins said. “I’m really excited. It’s another big chapter in my life, and I’m looking forward to another challenge just to show everybody that I can just play the game of basketball.”

The 6-6 Jenkins, a first-team All-Met pick last winter, was one of the best power forwards in the region as a junior, averaging 20.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and four assists per game for Gonzaga. Jenkins said he made the decision about a week ago. He took his last official visit to Villanova last Sunday – and notified the coaching staffs at the other four schools of his decision this past week.   

Jenkins said he wanted to use that last visit to the Philadelphia-area school to “solidify” his decision, and to ultimately close the recruiting process so he could focus on his upcoming senior season.

“I wanted to go into this basketball season as focused as possible, to give my team the best chance to win a city championship,” Jenkins said. “I’m very relieved.”