Bloomington, Ind. – Jacob Jenkins has gotten his first taste of Indiana basketball.
The 6-4 sophomore guard from Louisville's Dupont Manual H.S. was in Bloomington for an unofficial visit and sat courtside for the Hoosiers' 76-61 win over Michigan, Indiana's 11th straight victory over the Wolverines and 13th straight win at Assembly Hall overall.
"It was real nice," said Jenkins, who made the trip along with his father and a youth coach. "I liked how everything was set up, and it was a real nice atmosphere. The fans were really into the game, and D.J. White is a leader on their team, and really sets the tone for them."
Like earlier unofficials to Kentucky and Western Kentucky, Saturday's contest gave the Class of 2009 standout an up-close look at a program that's been expressing some early recruiting interest. The IU program began sending him letters before the start of his sophomore season and have been working to get him to town for an unofficial.
But in addition to that, Saturday's Big Ten match-up also provided him with a look at some of the biggest differences between the high school game and what things will be like at the next level.
"The physical play stood out probably more than anything, and also how everyone is really smooth," Jenkins said. "They know where everyone is at on the court. They spot each other up and the defense is really intense."
The Class of 2009 standout wasn't in town long, arriving about 45 minutes before tip-off and then departing for home soon after the game's conclusion. But he did have an opportunity to talk to IU assistant coach Rob Senderoff after the Hoosiers' win.
"We just talked about basketball, how my season's going and when I'm going to be playing again," Jenkins said.
With his IU unofficial now behind him, Jenkins' focus returns to his prep team, which is 11-3. He's been leading the way for them this season, averaging 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists while also shooting 47 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
"I think we can go pretty far (in the state tournament)," Jenkins said. "Most people don't expect that, but we're getting better. We've had a couple of downfalls, but we've improved over the last couple of games and have won three in a row. Those losses helped us learn a lot – we know each other's roles a lot better now."
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