Jenkins visits Kentucky for BBM

Kentucky is getting an early start to his 2009 recruiting class. Sophomore guard Jacob Jenkins made an unofficial visit to Kentucky's Big Blue Madness this past weekend.

Kentucky is getting an early start to his 2009 recruiting class. Sophomore guard Jacob Jenkins made an unofficial visit to Kentucky's Big Blue Madness this past weekend.

"The entire visit was incredible," said Jeff Jenkins, Jacob's father. "He really enjoyed the trip," continued Jenkins. The visit was an unofficial for the highly touted sophomore from Manual High school in Louisville.

So who is Jacob Jenkins? Jenkins is the front-runner for Kentucky's 2009 Mr. Basketball. At 6-foot-3, he can play the point or the shooting guard position. "Jacob has really elevated his game," said DaJuan Bibb, Jacob's AAU coach. "He can play outside or inside. He handles the ball like a point guard and shoots the ball like a two," continued Bibb.

Even as a sophomore, Jenkins is showing a great work ethic, something that many fifteen year olds don't take seriously. "He's a gym rat. He absolutely loves basketball and he wants to be on the court at all times," said Bibb.

Like most young players, Jenkins' offense is ahead of his defense at this point. "He needs to work on his defense, but he's improved over the summer," stated Bibb.

Although it's very early in the process for Jenkins, he's being recruited by several programs. Xavier, Wisconsin, Western Kentucky, Stanford, Kentucky and Florida have all shown interest. There are no favorites for Jenkins at this time. "His recruitment really started to take off after his freshman year," continued Bibb.

Jenkins also attended the Five-Star Camp this summer. He was rated as the best sophomore at the camp. Jenkins also was named to the Orange/White All Star game at the camp.

Jenkins played AAU ball for the Derek Smith All Stars and the Louisville Legends this summer. He averaged 25 points per game during the AAU season, along with six rebounds.


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