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Villanova Recruit Focus: Kris Jenkins


Position:  Power Forward

Size:  6-foot-6 250 pounds

High school and travel team:  Gonzaga College High School and DC Assault

Recruit rankings:

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Jenkins is an impressive interior player especially when his height is taken into consideration (6-foot-6). He has a high motor on the offensive and defensive glass, which has drawn comparisons to rebounding extraordinaire Charles Barkley. His offensive game is versatile, but he is best in the paint where he can use his nimble footwork and/or solid body to his advantage. However, he has a soft shooter’s touch with range out to the 3-point line. His work on the defensive end has also warranted praise.


The concern with Jenkins is his height. There aren’t many productive Power Forwards who stand just 6-foot-6. And those that are on the short side are usually both smarter and have a higher motor compared to those on the court with them. To get this far, I’d have to assume that Jenkins has a solid grasp on what it takes to be successful. This might be a concern for his future professional career, but I’m not buying this as a weakness in college, especially given the way he is willing to physically dominate an opponent through force.

How he will fit in:

The Villanova Wildcats will not be a very big team this upcoming season on paper, but that doesn’t mean players such as Jenkins won’t play much bigger than their height suggests. Daniel Ochefu is the tallest player the Wildcats return (6-foot-11), with no one else eclipsing 6-foot-7. Jenkins will have the opportunity to compete with fellow incoming recruits (Josh Hart, 6-5 Small Forward and Darryl Reynolds, 6-foot-8 Power Forward) for the potential of significant playing time. And reading about Jenkins’ style of play and watching his videos, he just feels like a Big East player. With the conference just having gone through a downsizing, his willingness to be the most physical player on the court could get his career started on the right foot from the get-go.

Recruiting video:

Such a natural shooter…

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