Jenkins shines on big stage

Kris Jenkins had a big performance on a big stage, and his already busy recruitment could pick up even more.

At the Cancer Research Classic one of the most impressive performers was Kris Jenkins of Washington (DC) Gonzaga High School. The 6-foot-5 and 235 pound forward has a unique body and skill set, and his impressive 21 point display showed how effective he can be.

Some guys are just basketball players and Jenkins is one of them. Despite not being a great athlete or having the prototypical size of a power forward, Jenkins uses his high basketball IQ, great passing ability, and savvy to be effective.

In a big win over Chicago (IL) Whitney Young, Jenkins put his inside-outside game on display and impressed all in attendance.

"I was just staying aggressive and believing in myself and my teammates," said Jenkins. "Just believing we could win was big. It was a hyped game coming in and people were telling us they were a big team and everything. We just stayed confident and were able to come out here and get a win."

After missing much of the summer with an injury, Jenkins is now healthy for the first time in a while.

"It is great to be out there and help my guys any way that I can," said Jenkins of his health. "It is just a great feeling to be 100 percent."

When it comes to recruiting, numerous schools have been showing him significant attention.

"Xavier, Penn State, Miami, LaSalle, St. Joseph's, George Washington, Seton Hall, Rutgers, and Richmond are the schools I hear from the most," listed Jenkins.

Jenkins says that none of the schools really standout and a decision could come in his senior year, but he is already going through the process of making visits.

One of his more recent visits was to Xavier to see what the Musketeers program had to offer.

"It was great," said Jenkins of the trip. "I enjoyed my visit to Xavier. It is a great school and a great program. I look forward to talking to them more and learning more about them."

Also Jenkins visited Penn State in an unofficial capacity and came away impressed with what he saw.

"Penn State is a great school," he explained. "They are just trying to get their program started on the come up. It would be a great fit and I love Coach (Patrick) Chambers and Coach (Keith) Urgo and what those guys are doing."

For now Jenkins is taking it slow, and the three-star prospect says likely his eventual choice will come down to one simple factor.

"Right now I don't know exactly what will be the deciding factor," explained Jenkins. "It will probably come down to just where I feel I fit in the best."


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