After two years off the identical basketball workforce, Purdue’s workforce shall be utterly completely different in 2022-23. Gone are the lottery decide Jaden Ivey and Travon Williams, NBA draft proprietor. Guard Sasha Stefanovic has chosen to not use his COVID 12 months of further eligibility. Eric Hunter Jr. selected to make use of his automobile, however he could be in a butler. Isaiah Thompson was slated to be the one participant on the workforce, however he is on his technique to the Florida Gulf Coast. This leaves loads of minutes obtainable within the backcourt, and Coach Painter has been actively recruiting a switch guard for a while. There was a time to promote out, particularly with two new guards coming in and they’d want time to regulate.
Wednesday night time’s coach lastly obtained his man within the Utah switch of David Jenkins Jr.
Jenkins is a participant who’s benefiting from his further 12 months of eligibility, and Purdue shall be his fourth cease in faculty basketball. He began his profession at South Dakota State, beginning 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 scored 45.8% of three with practically 8 makes an attempt per sport.
In each seasons, he performed with Mike Daum, who turned solely 10The tenth A participant scores 3000 profession factors. In each seasons, he was second on the workforce with Daum scoring, at over 20 dpi per sport. Jackrabbits have been good too. In 2017-18, they went 28-7 and gained the common season title at 13-1 and the Convention Championship. They gained 12 seeds to the NCAAs as they gave Ohio State a sport earlier than shedding 81-73. He had 16 factors in that match, nevertheless it got here in 4 of 17 pictures.
Within the 2018-19 season, the Jackrabbits have been 24-9 and once more gained the Summit League with a rating of 14-2, however they have been shocked by the common-or-garden Western Illinois (the workforce that beat them by 20 factors only one week in the past) within the first spherical of the Convention Championship. That despatched them to NIT, the place they misplaced at Texas 79-73. Jenkins was 6 to 16 in that sport with 19 factors. It ought to be famous that it was the identical Texas workforce that lit Carsen Edwards 40.
After two seasons, Jenkins determined to go west, ending up at UNLV in 2019-20. He sat that season because of the switch guidelines on the time, then the 2020-21 season was very productive. He began 20 of 27 video games and averaged 14.8 factors towards a harder roster within the Mountain West Convention. Regardless of this, The Runnin’ Rebels solely completed 12-15.
Class in hand, time to switch once more. Final season, he was in Utah, the place he obtained his ordinary style for his first main conventions. He fired 39.6% of three, and his profession averaged 8.5 factors per sport as he began 10 instances in 31 video games. He additionally averaged 19.1 minutes per sport, the primary time in his profession he is been beneath 29 mpg. Utah completed 11-20 and missed the postseason.
Which brings him to Purdue. Listed as a 6’1″, 204 pound goalkeeper he is extra of a combo level guard than the true level we have been searching for. He scored 1,857 factors in his profession, averaging 14.9 factors per sport. He fired a variety of triples, going to 323 of 782 in his profession with a median of 41.3% He shoots 80% on the purpose line, however has averaged only one.4 passes per sport throughout his profession.
If I needed to price it on a switch scale, I would say it is a greater model of Jihad Proctor. It is two inches smaller than Proctor, however they put out comparable numbers at a big, low convention. His two years at South Dakota State are nearly an identical to the 2 years he spent at Proctor at Excessive Level, however the South Dakota State workforce at Jenkins fared a lot better than Proctor Excessive Level.
Jenkins brings a variety of expertise, which is required after Purdue misplaced its 4 greatest guards from final 12 months. I am searching for it to take the majority of Hunter’s minutes, in addition to some Thompson advertisements. He can are available and be a starter instantly, and with Brandon Newman Purdue he has two guys who can shoot all three fairly effectively. In a few of his most well-known video games final 12 months, he misplaced 14 out of 20 factors towards Arizona and 21 in a 20-point loss to an excellent workforce from USC. He had just a few video games over 30 factors in UNLV, and had a formidable 35-point sport towards Memphis in 2018-19. That is the man who can rating basketball and get hotter out of three, so he could possibly be a little bit of a poor man Carsen Edwards. He may hit the road, as he is 336 of 422 in his profession there.
Jenkins is an fascinating pickup for certain. His main convention expertise is a plus, and his numbers have not gone down a lot when you think about that he is been enjoying 10-12 minutes much less per sport than in his earlier three years. He can present the wanted scoring punch, however consistency shall be his key. You possibly can see that from his freshman 12 months at SDSU. Within the Convention Championship quarterfinals, 1 was a dismal of 10 off the bottom and completed with simply 3 factors. Two days later within the semifinals, he was 10 of 15 for 25 factors with 5 rebounds after they beat North Dakota State. He was then 10 of 19 with 29 factors within the closing towards South Dakota to ship his workforce to the NCAAs.