Jenkins: Indiana is recruiting me hardest

2016 forward De'Riante Jenkins told AllHoosiers.com on Thursday that IU is recruiting him hardest.

LAS VEGAS --- De'Riante Jenkins had been quiet. It certainly wasn't his best game, but Jenkins still had the ball in his hands with the game tied and the clock winding down in Thursday's game for his Upward Stars at the Adidas Summer Championships in Vegas.

Jenkins sized up his defender, crossed over a few times, and calmly rattled in the game-winning 3 as the buzzer sounded.

The 2016 prospect isn't known for his shooting, but it was winning time, and Jenkins knew he had to take over.

"He was talking trash to me all game," Jenkins told AllHoosiers.com of his defender. "He thought he was better than what he was, really. I knew that he was an aggressive defender because he picked me up full court. I knew if I drove, he was gonna be on that. I knew I had to make a move, and I knew he wasn't gonna be on the jump shot."

Jenkins, a 6-foot-6 forward from Orlando, has been working on his jump shot tirelessly all summer. His game resembles that of Indiana junior Troy Williams, a fact that Indiana coach Tom Crean has mentioned to Jenkins throughout the recruiting process.

Jenkins can bring the ball up the floor and fill both wing positions, and he's athletic enough to get to the rim offensively and block shots defensively. The next step is becoming a consistent perimeter shooter.

"I know that's what I need for the next level, so I work on it countless times every time I'm in the gym," Jenkins said. "I'm improving on it every day.

"Indiana tells me that Troy is leaving so they're gonna need a player of his caliber, so the spot's there for me if I go there. Tom Crean tells me about all the players he's coached: Dwyane Wade, Victor Oladipo, and the relationship they had with him. It's more than basketball."

Jenkins told AllHoosiers.com that Indiana is recruiting him the hardest. He also listed Clemson, Texas, West Virginia, South Carolina and Rutgers.

Jenkins said he will narrow his list to five schools sometime after Adidas Nations, which ends August 3. He will then take his official visits in the fall.

He hasn't yet made a decision, but Jenkins said he values the relationship he's built with Crean during the recruiting process to this point.

"He knows things about me that no other coaches know, I know things about him that he said he doesn't tell anyone," Jenkins said. "It's pretty cool."


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