Atlanta Hawks Player Preview: John Jenkins
Birthplace: Hendersonville, Tennessee
Born Date: 3/06/1991
True Position: Shooting Guard (2)
411: When John Jenkins is not working on his game he is your ultimate chill guy. He is a regular home body who really enjoys being around his friends and family especially his parents who he admires most. John enjoys playing video games and when he is hanging out with his friends and family he enjoys going to the movie theather or training. Like many players born in the 90’s, John would like to meet Michael Jordan as opposed to other NBA legends. His favorite television show is “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and his favorite actor is Denzel Washington.
Basketball Background: John played high school basketball in Gallatin, Tennessee at Station Camp High School where he was selected to the All-District Team each of his four years. During his final three years in high school he was voted District MVP each year as well as being selected to the All-Region Team his junior and senior seasons. Twice John was voted Class AA Mr. Basketball and All-State by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. John scored at least 30 points in every game his senior year while averaging 42.3 points per game. With those numbers, he was voted 2009 Tennessee High School Player of the Year, 2009 Parade All-American and 2009 Reebok All-American on his way to being the most highly touted recruit ever to sign with Vanderbilt to play basketball. While at Vanderbilt, John averaged double figures every season for the Commodores. As a freshman, John averaged 11 points per game while shooting over 48% from three-point land. The next season John led the SEC in scoring at 19.5 points per contest while also leading the conference in three-point field goals made per game (3.1) and shooting 89% from the charity stripe which was second in the conference. As a junior, John led the SEC in scoring for the second consecutive season at 20 points per game. It was the first time a player led the conference in scoring in consecutive seasons since Ronnie Henderson of LSU accomplished the feat in 1995-96. During John’s junior season he also made 134 three-pointers, an SEC single season record, and he led the nation in three-pointers made per game making just under 4 threes per game. After being selected First Team All-SEC his final two years at Vanderbilt while dominating the Southeastern Conference in scoring, John decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NBA draft. With the 23rd selection in the first round of the 2012 draft, the Atlanta Hawks took John Jenkins who was considered the best pure shooter in the draft. John showed flashes of being a prolific scorer in the NBA while displaying his sharp shooting ability. As a rookie, John averaged 6 points per game and shot 38% from behind the line, scoring double digits 11 times.
Expectations: A pure shooter, expect John along with Kyle Korver and Louis Williams to keep defenses honest by knocking down open three-point shots. John has been a copious scorer his entire career for the most part. John expects his scoring to go up this season and so should Hawks fans. John is mostly a perimeter player, but he can get to the basket and he is an excellent free throw shooter if he is sent to the foul line. Look for John to be more aggressive when it comes to scoring while also playing in the coach Bud’s system. With Al Horford and Paul Millsap working the inside, John’s opportunities to increase his scoring output should be plentiful. Listen to the interview below as John expresses his expectations for the upcoming season.
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