And with nearly two months of college experience under his belt, Jenkins says things are going well for him in his new environment.
"Every thing is going real good," Jenkins said after being on campus for nearly two months.
At media day, Coach Pitino indindicated the Jenkins struggled early with his rigorous individual workouts, often tiring during the fast paced shooting drills. However, Jenkins says he's getting used to the fast paced drills now.
"At the beginning it was kind of hard," Jenkins said. "I've never done anything like that before. But I'm getting used to it now."
Jenkins says his role this season will be to follow Pitino's instructions and to play tough defense when he's on the court.
"Just getting in there and doing everything coach tells me to do," Jenkins said of his role this season. "Running the team, playing hard defense."
He also expects this team to be real good.
"We're going to be a real good team," Jenkins said. "Everybody has their own role and we're going to be real good."
With a deep cast of talented athletes, Jenkins said this team will press, run and be energetic on the court.
"Yes, absolutely," Jenkins responded when asked if the team would play full court hoops. "We're going to press, get up and down and [be] energtic."
Jenkins spoke highly of his fellow newcomers, praising his clasmates not only for their skills on the court but also for the individuals they are outside of the gym.
"They're real good ball players and they're real good people," Jenkins said of his fellow newcomers. "Besides basketball they're real good to hang around."
Making the transition from high school to college is tough for lots of students, particularly those that are also on a basketball scholarship. And Jenkins is no different, though he says he's adjusting quite well in the classroom.
"[There's] just a lot [more] homework," Jenkins said. "Papers due back to back. I've just got to get it done."