One of the top scorers in college basketball Jodie Meeks will hit the court at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday night, but a potentially even better college scorer will play in Memorial Gym next season. Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp shooting guard John Jenkins, who has signed with Vanderbilt, is having a memorable senior season, including a herculean effort in his final home game.
Before fouling out in the first minute of the second overtime in a bitter 103-97 loss to rival Gallatin (Tenn.) High School, Jenkins scored a career high 60 points in front of a couple Vanderbilt assistants and a standing room only crowd.
In an impressively efficient manner, Jenkins hit 18-32 shots from the field, 8-17 from behind the arc and 16-17 from the line.
And it was down the stretch that Jenkins did his best work. With his team down 13 points going into the fourth quarter and his scoring total at 30, Jenkins scored 30 more points in the fourth quarter and the first overtime.
Jenkins also surpassed the 3,000 point mark for his career on Monday night.
A lethal shooter on last summer's travel circuit, Jenkins has improved and expanded his game during his senior season. He has gained strength and improved his explosiveness without losing a bit of his shooting touch. With a post up game, a determined dribble game, lethal hop back jumper and 30-foot range, Jenkins is a near impossible match up.
On the season he is averaging 42.6 points per game while shooting 62.2 percent from the field, 48.4 percent from the arc (five made three-pointer per game) and 88.5 percent from the line (10 made free throws per game).
Snubbed from the marquee postseason all-star games, Jenkins is poised to outplay many of those all stars during his college career.
"John will have his chance to show people what he can do," said Station Camp head coach Seth Massey. "He is just such a hard worker. After one of his 40-plus point games, he stayed in the gym and shot free throws for an hour and a half because a missed a couple in the game."
Jenkins is presently the No. 37 ranked prospect in the Rivals150. His ranking, however, is poised for a significant jump to match the significant improvement in his game.