The buzz for 2015 guard DeRiante Jenkins of Lake Marion High School has been going on for a few years. The 6'5 175 pound prospect helped guide Lake Marion to a state championship 2 seasons ago and they returned in a losing effort this year.
Right now Jenkins doesn't have any offers but he's hoping a strong showing on the AAU circuit this season will change that in the near future. The talented junior says a couple of schools are starting to recruit him harder than the rest as of late.
"I would say either Jacksonville, Winthrop, or Clemson. Charleston Southern too and they just started contact with me."
This past year for Lake Marion Jenkins averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. He says he had a pair of games that he would consider probably two of his best this past season.
"I can't choose between the Cross or Lee Central games. I had 28 points and 7 rebounds against Cross and against Lee Central I had 27 points, made 5 3-pointers, and had a few assists."
Right now with no offers on the table Jenkins is wide open to anyone that wants to recruit him. He does have a short list of schools that he'd love to hear more from in the near future.
When asked about his game Jenkins talked about the areas he feels are his biggest strengths and what areas he wants to improve on to get better moving forward.
"I'd say my ability to handle the ball, drive to the basket, and put my teammates in scoring position are my biggest strengths right now. I want to improve on my defense and energy. Coaches tell me I take too many plays off."
This summer Jenkins will be playing with the Upward Stars AAU program and he talked about what he'll be trying to incorporate into his game while running with the Stars.
"I'll be on the wing but this summer I think my AAU coach wants me to run point guard because I will get more attention being a 6'5 point guard."
Jenkins says he has a highlight tape in the works and SCPrepNation.com will have it featured once it is completed so stay tuned for that and more updates with DeRiante Jenkins as his recruitment starts to warm up.