A name on the mind of several University of Kentucky basketball fans is sophomore guard Jacob Jenkins. Jenkins, a 6-foot-4 guard, is among the top players in the state of Kentucky, regardless of classification.
Jenkins became a hot name in recruiting circles after a summer that saw him be named "Best Sophomore" at the Five Star Camp. Averaging 21 points per game, Jenkins has led Dupont Manual High School to a nine win, four loss record this season.
Many schools are recruiting him for their 2009 class. Though it's early, Jenkins has a long list of suitors. "Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Indiana, Xavier, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, and Illinois are all recruiting me right now," said Jenkins. After making his second unofficial trip to Lexington for the Eastern Kentucky game, Jenkins has yet another visit planned to UK. "I think I'm going to the Florida game," said Jenkins.
With a third visit planned to UK, there is obvious interest in Kentucky's program from Jenkins. So what does Jenkins like most about the program? "It's close to home and they are a winning program," Jenkins said. "It's a good school, and when I went there last time I got to visit their practice facility. It shows that they are really serious about things there," continued Jenkins.
Jenkins has the ability to play three positions at the high school level. "I feel most comfortable at the two, but if I have to play the point I'd have no problem with that, or the three," Jenkins said. Already at 6-foot-4, Jenkins could grow a few inches into a highly skilled small forward.
Jenkins does plan on taking other visits to schools on his list, though there are no solid plans in place, besides one exception. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to camp at Xavier," said Jenkins.
What about that other instate school, Louisville? "They haven't shown that much interested, not as much as UK," Jenkins said.
Though it is very early in his recruitment, Jacob knows what he's looking for in a university. "Probably somewhere that I can see myself getting playing time. Somewhere with good coaches, good environment, and also where the school is," Jenkins stated.
Jenkins is currently rated as a three star prospect according to Scout.com.
Jacob Jenkins discusses his recruitment
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