On Hold

One of West Virginia's top remaining basketball recruiting targets in the class of 2005 is on hold pending resolution of a family issue.

Jack Jenkins, a 6-7, 260-pound forward from Daytona Beach Community College, has seen his recruiting process interrupted after experiencing a family problem.

"Jack had a family tragedy that caused him to return home to Boston," DBCC head coach Brad Underwood said. "He's not in school at the present time, and the best idea I can give is that everything is on hold for him."

Details of the problem were not forthcoming, but they do not involve Jenkins himself. Underwood notes that Jenkins had a 1280 SAT score, and "can handle academic work on any level."

With Jenkins' return to school up in the air, there is no way to predict whether or not he will graduate this semester. He has apparently not officially withdrawn from school, and Underwood said that no timetable exists for Jenkins' possible return to school. The entire focus at the moment is on Jenkins' family.

Jenkins, who has been offered by WVU, signed with William and Mary and played there during the 2002-03 season. He then transferred to Daytona Beach Community College, where he excelled for the Falcons this season, earning All-Conference honors. With his size, he might appear to be an inside-oriented player, but in this case, looks are deceiving.

"He's a great three-point shooter," said Underwood. "He shot 42% from three point range this year, and he's an excellent passer as well. He can score both inside and out, and has a great grasp on the fundamentals of the game. I think he would be a great fit for West Virginia."

While the Mountaineers are still in the mix for Jenkins, they will have to beat a number of schools for his services. Tennessee, South Carolina, Kansas, Kansas State and Southern Cal have all either offered or shown serious interest in Jenkins.

"He's had a variety of offers from schools at every level," noted Underwood.

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