Jenkins enjoys UK trip

Class of 2009 shooting guard Jacob Jenkins took an official visit to Kentucky on Saturday and had a chance to talk to UK's assistant coaches.

With a backcourt that appears to be stocked for several years, it's not exactly clear how Jenkins would fit into the mix at UK. Nonetheless, the coaches wanted him to stop by the campus.

"Coach Cox and the other assistants had wanted me to go over there to scrimmage a little bit," said the 6-4, 185-pound rising junior at Dupont Manuel High School in Louisville. "That was supposed to be at 4 o'clock, but I have a sprained ankle right now and couldn't go. I haven't been resting it like I should, but I did pretty well staying off it today for the most part.

"I talked to all the coaches except (Billy) Gillispie, and they were all real nice guys. They showed me around the place. They've got a whole new facility up there. It's pretty impressive."

Jenkins has already attracted the attention of schools such as Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky and Dayton. What qualities will he be looking for in a school?

"It would be nice to be close to home, but that's not a must," he explained. "I want to find a school where I can really blend in. I don't really want to go some place where I'll just be 'on' the team. I want to be a big part of things and get some playing time."

With players like Michael Porter, Derrick Jasper, Jodie Meeks, Alex Legion, DeAndre Liggins and G.J. Vilarino in the mix in coming years, it might be tough for Jenkins to get the type of minutes he's looking for at Kentucky. But the Bluegrass native grew up a Kentucky fan and holds the Wildcats' program in high regard. He also has several qualities that college coaches love to see in a prospect.

"I'm known as a real good shooter," said Jenkins, who has great range on his outside shot. "I can drive the ball a little bit too. Our team is pretty short, so that's forced me to work hard to be a good rebounder as well. Because of that I'm probably a little bit ahead of where I would otherwise be in that area."

Jenkins has attended elite camps at Indiana, Xavier and Florida, and said he was especially pleased with his performance in Gainesville. He was injured and unable to perform while at Indiana.

He said if he received an offer from the right school there is a chance he will commit early, but it is more likely that he will take his time.


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