After two years of mainly the identical basketball group Purdue goes to be very completely different in 2022-23. Gone are lottery decide Jaden Ivey and NBA Draft hopeful Trevion Williams. Guard Sasha Stefanovic elected to not use his COVID 12 months of additional eligibility. Eric Hunter Jr. did elect to make use of his, however it is going to be at Butler. Isaiah Thompson was set to be the group’s lone senior, however he’s off to Florida Gulf Coast. That leaves a ton of minutes accessible within the backcourt, and Coach Painter has been actively recruiting a switch guard for a while. There was taking part in time to promote, particularly with two freshmen guards coming in that can want time to adapt.
Wednesday evening coach lastly acquired his man in Utah switch David Jenkins Jr.
Jenkins is a participant making the most of his additional 12 months of eligibility, and Purdue will probably be his fourth cease in faculty basketball. He started his profession at South Dakota State, the place he began 54 of 67 video games over two seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19. He averaged 16.1 factors and 18.7 factors for the Jackrabbits, and in 2018-19 he shot a powerful 45.8% from three with nearly 8 makes an attempt per recreation.
In each seasons he performed with Mike Daum, who turned simply the tenth participant to attain 3,000 profession factors. In each seasons he was second on the group in scoring to Daum, whow as over 20 ppg per recreation. The Jackrabbits have been fairly good, too. In 2017-18 they went 28-7 and gained each the Summit League common season title at 13-1 and the convention match. They earned a 12 seed to the NCAAs the place they gave Ohio State a recreation earlier than shedding 81-73. He had 16 factors in that recreation, nevertheless it got here on 4 of 17 taking pictures.
In 2018-19 the Jackrabbits have been 24-9 and once more gained the Summit League at 14-2, however have been shocked by lowly Western Illinois (a group they’d overwhelmed by 20 factors only a week earlier) within the first spherical of the convention match . That despatched them to the NIT, the place they misplaced at Texas 79-73. Jenkins was 6 for 16 in that recreation with 19 factors. It needs to be famous that the identical Texas group Carsen Edwards lit up for 40.
After two seasons Jenkins determined to go west, ending up at UNLV in 2019-20. He sat out that season as a result of switch guidelines on the time, then had a really productive 2020-21 season. He began 20 of 27 video games and averaged 14.8 factors in opposition to a more durable Mountain West Convention slate. The Runnin ‘Rebels solely completed 12-15 although.
Diploma in hand, it was time to switch once more. Final season he was at Utah, the place he acquired his first common style of main convention motion. He shot 39.6% from three and averaged a profession low 8.5 factors per recreation as he made 10 begins over 31 video games. He additionally averaged 19.1 minutes per recreation, which was the primary time in his profession he was underneath 29 mpg. Utah completed 11-20 and missed the postseason.
Which brings him to Purdue. He’s listed as a 6’1 ”, 204 pound guard and he’s extra of a combo guard than the true level we’ve got been in search of. He has scored 1,857 factors in his profession, averaging 14.9 per recreation. He shoots lots of threes, going 323 of 782 in his profession for a strong 41.3% common. He shoots 80% on the line, however averages simply 1.4 assists per recreation over his profession.
If I needed to price him on the switch scale I’d say he’s a greater model of Jahaad Proctor. He’s smaller than Proctor by 2 inches, however they put up comparable numbers in a low main convention. His two years at South Dakota State are almost similar to Proctor’s two years at Excessive Level, however Jenkins’ South Dakota State group was significantly better than Proctor’s Excessive Level.
Jenkins does deliver a load of expertise, which is required after Purdue misplaced its high 4 guards from this previous 12 months. I search for him to take the majority of Hunter’s minutes, advert additionally a few of Thompson’s. He can are available in and be a starter instantly, and with Brandon Newman Purdue has a few guys that may shoot the three fairly properly. In a few of his extra notable video games final 12 months he had 14 in a 20 level loss to Arizona and 21 in a 20 level loss to an excellent USC group. He had just a few 30+ level video games at UNLV, and had a powerful 35 level recreation in opposition to Memphis in 2018-19. This can be a man that may rating the basketball and get scorching from three, so he might be a little bit of a poor man’s Carsen Edwards. He can even get to the road, as he’s 336 of 422 in his profession there.
Jenkins is an attention-grabbing pickup to make sure. His main convention expertise is a plus, and his numbers didn’t fall off that a lot when you think about he was taking part in 10-12 minutes much less per recreation than he did in his earlier three years. He can present a wanted scoring punch, however consistency will probably be his key. You possibly can see that from his freshman 12 months at SDSU. Within the convention match quarterfinal he was a dismal 1 of 10 from the ground and completed with solely 3 factors. Two days later within the semifinal he was 10 of 15 for 25 factors with 5 rebounds as they beat North Dakota State. He then was 10 of 19 with 29 factors within the remaining in opposition to South Dakota to ship his group to the NCAAs.