HoopsHype Charles Jenkins rumors
Charles Jenkins wore No. 22 for Hofstra University on Long Island, and he has every intention of trying on a professional basketball jersey bearing that number in the next few days, whenever he is introduced as the newest, wide-eyed member of some NBA team somewhere. Twenty-two is how old Jenkins is, and it was his big brother's tender age when he was gunned down in a senseless act of violence in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn 11 years ago. The first time he sets foot on an NBA court, Jenkins said he will bend to one knee, point to the sky and say, "Thank you." Thank you to God, and thank you to Kareem Albritton, who did not live to see his little brother pass through these gates of the highest level in basketball. "I'm pretty sure he'll be bragging to everyone about it," said Jenkins, a point guard projected to be taken in the late first or early second round. CBSSports.com
Kemoni Albritton was barely a year old when the father she never knew was lost forever. The child's mother and Jenkins' parents have raised her, and now Jenkins wants to do his part. Whatever the new business model of pro basketball allows rookies to be paid, it will be enough to make his niece's life a little easier. Jenkins' brother was there for him -- the only fan in the stands at his first youth basketball game in Queens, and the coach of the team when he won his first game. Now, 11 years later, Jenkins wants to be there for him. "I was around when she was born at the hospital," Jenkins said. "I spent a lot of time around my brother and my niece and saw how much she changed him and how much he cared about her. Now I have an opportunity to make something good happen. I know that's something that he would want." CBSSports.com
Charles Jenkins has been projected by some as a first round pick. But every scout I have spoken with has him in the 50s or lower. I 've watched him play a number of times and scoured through hours of his highlight footage and I see a player that scores primarily by bullying opponents inside of 12-15 feet of the basket. He's got a strong physique but he's an average shooter and at 6'3 he is very small for a shooting guard. NBADraft.net
Several NBA executives view the versatile point guard as a mid-to-late first-round pick. Jenkins is on the Knicks' radar at No. 17 as team president Donnie Walsh is seeking a point guard of the future for the roster because centers are in short supply. "It would be great," Jenkins said of being taken by the Knicks. "For me having an opportunity playing in the NBA is great in itself. Whatever team I'll be excited about, but I would love the Knicks, growing up with my dad a big Knicks fan. Any time they played, it was definitely on the TV." New York Post
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