adidas Gauntlet: Jenkins breaks out

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. -- The adidas Gauntlet is full of talented, highly ranked prospects. From Kobi Simmons to Dennis Smith to Josh Langford, the event at the Duncanville Fieldhouse had its fair share of household names.

But as there is every live period, there were a host of breakout performers. Perhaps the biggest for me was Upward Stars guard DeRiante Jenkins, a 2016 recruit out of Orlando (Fla.) West Oaks Academy.

While this wasn’t my first time seeing Jenkins, it was the first time I’ve rated him as a high major prospect. Blessed with wide shoulders, a lengthy set of arms and standing 6-foot-6, Jenkins impressed with his versatility, passing, athleticism and energy.

“I find my teammates well,” Jenkins said when asked to describe his game. “I’m good in transition and I can find the open man. I’m also an energizer on the court. I have a high motor.”

While his strength may lie in his ability to fill multiple roles, Jenkins also made four jump shots in an afternoon match up against Ohio Basketball Club. Two of the jumpers came from mid-range, the other two from three.

“I worked on it over the summer and when I went down to Florida we spent a lot of time on it,” he said of his jump shot.

On the recruiting front, Jenkins, who is a South Carolina native, has serious interest from his home school and a few others.

Clemson is recruiting me the hardest,” Jenkins said. “Georgia Tech came on and Indiana, South Florida, East Carolina and Houston.”

What are the Tigers doing differently than the others?

“I guess since I’m from South Carolina,” he said. “One of my home boys goes there for football. When I go up there, they communicate with me and it’s like a visit every time I go.”

“They are all the same, [Clemson] is just recruiting me the hardest,” he added.

Jenkins, who has only taken visits to Clemson and East Carolina so far, said his recruiting process is still open.

“Whatever school likes me, I like them too,” Jenkins said.

After this weekend, finding a list of schools that like him won’t be an issue.

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