Bloomington, Ind. – Jacob Jenkins' sophomore season has come to a close, but a very important part of the year is just now starting for the '09 standout.
The 6'4" shooting guard from Dupont (Ky.) Manual High School recently opened the AAU season, where he's playing with the Derek Smith All-Stars 17-and-under squad. The team is currently playing in a Super Regional in Cincinnati, where Jenkins scored 35 points to help lead the team to the tournament's championship game.
While Jenkins garnered attention as one of the state's best players in the '09 class after averaging 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists this past winter, he also knows the spring and summer AAU season is potentially even more important when it comes to his college basketball future.
"Throughout the (high school season), not a lot of coaches saw me play – they've seen me play in AAU," Jenkins said. "I can remember my coach telling me, ‘AAU is when you're kind of showing yourself to the coaches.'"
Plenty of coaches have seen Jenkins play, and they're showing early interest. He has already made unofficial visits to Indiana and Kentucky, and has also been receiving interest from Xavier, Illinois, Wisconsin and Western Kentucky as well. Jenkins said Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Florida have also recently begun to send him mail.
Jenkins' unofficial to IU took place in late January, and he said he's hoping to make another stop in Bloomington in the not-too-distant future.
Indiana has also invited Jenkins to come to Bloomington this summer to participate in Kelvin Sampson's Elite Camp, although Jenkins is unsure if his schedule will allow it. He does plan to participate in Xavier's summer camp, and could potentially take in one additional summer camp as well.
While the summer will provide him with an opportunity to show off his skills either on the AAU circuit or at various college campuses, Jenkins also wants to use to off-season to make some physical strides as well in preparation for his junior season at Manual H.S. Shortly after his team lost to Ballard 94-69 in the first round of the regional to finish its season 18-10, Jenkins said he and his teammates were already thinking about next season and what they could do to take another step in the postseason.
"We're over (the regional loss)," Jenkins said. "We're ready to start lifting and getting into open gym. I want to work on my overall game, get better physically, and be able to play strong."
Plenty of Interest in '09 Guard Jenkins
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