It made sense that the Warriors picked Jenkins. Based on what I saw, the one NBA scout that observed Jenkins the most during the season was Speedy Claxton, the former Hofstra great, who is now a scout for Golden State. Claxton was also not a nationally known guard when the Philadelphia 76ers took him in the first round of the 2000 NBA draft. But Claxton had a nice seven year NBA run until injuries derailed that career. Claxton knows what it takes to play in the NBA, so there's no doubt he had a lot of input in the selection of Jenkins.
But since I follow several college and NBA beat writers on Twitter who have inside information, I knew who those teams were taking seconds, even a minute before the official draft selection. And I knew the team about to pick wasn't taking Jenkins. Thus for the next nearly twenty selections, teams took other players besides Jenkins. A lot of these teams took other players with "athletic talent" and "potential", much to the chagrin of the Hofstra coaches, players and fans at Bar Social in Hempstead, Long Island.
As I noted, Jenkins' hard work resulted in significant production. He is the all time leader in points scored in Hofstra history. He was the sixth leading scorer in the country in 2010-11, averaging 22.6 points per game. He did this shooting 51.7 percent from the field, the only scorer in the top ten of the NCAA who shot more than 50 percent from the field.
So given those facts, when you look below at the Top 11 scorers in the country in 2010-11, it is remarkable that Jenkins is the best in both FG percentage and three point FG percentage.
|Player||PPG||FG %||3 Point FG %|
The table above shows how efficient Jenkins was compared to the other top ten scorers in the country. Of particular note is that of the top eleven scorers in the nation, besides Jenkins, six other players were drafted Thursday night - Fredette, Brooks, Goudelock, Walker, Cole and Thompson. Only Goudelock was drafted lower than Jenkins.
One of the best ratings of how efficient Jenkins was John Hollinger's College Player Efficiency Ratings. In Hollinger's list of player efficiency leaders, only two other players taken in the 2011 NBA draft ranked higher than Jenkins; Kenneth Faried and Derrick Williams. If that's not enough statistical proof on how good a player Jenkins is, take a look at Luke Winn's thoughtfully detailed article at CNNSi.com. The one statistic that jumps out to me in that article was "that 63.4 percent of his catch-and-shoot opportunities came with a man in his face."
And folks, I am not the only person who watched a lot of Jenkins' games that feels this way. Mike Litos sums it up best in his article on CAAHoops.com.
When did accomplishment and proof lose out to a twinkle in one’s eye? And when did the value of points, rebounds, assists–and other skill-based data in which the game is actually measured–get eclipsed by height and length and motor (but no discernible skill)?My thoughts exactly Mike. There's a reason why Hofstra retired Charles Jenkins' jersey before he had played his last game. Because he was the most productive player in Pride/Flying Dutchmen history.
NBA general managers are not the sharpest tools in the shed. What else would explain drafting players from such talent rich leagues as Qatar? But Golden State's GM Larry Riley wisely took Jenkins, thanks in large part to one Speedy Claxton. And I can guarandamntee you that Charles Jenkins, one of the hardest working players I have ever seen, will now be even more motivated to prove the other 29 teams wrong.
A lot of teams are going to find out the hard way that Jenkins is a perfect fit for the NBA. Go get em #22.