August 2, 2007

Junior College All-American Guard Transfers to Cal State Northridge Men's Basketball Program


Junior College All-American Guard Transfers to Cal State Northridge Men's Basketball Program

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Josh Jenkins, a talented guard who put together impressive offensive numbers while a sophomore last season as a junior college All-American, is transferring to Cal State Northridge and will be eligible for the 2007-08 season.

Jenkins averaged a team-leading 18.7 ppg this past season for Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas. Jenkins also led the team in three-point field goal percentage (45 percent, 62-for-138), assists (227, 9.1 apg), steals (53, 2.1 spg), field goals (158), free throws (89) and free throw attempts (128) on a team that chalked up a 21-9 overall record, and a conference title with a 13-3 mark.

In the regular season finale against national junior college champion Midland College, Jenkins scored a career-high 40 points (14-for-29 from the floor, 9-for-10 from the free throw line) along with nine assists, three steals and one block.

Jenkins, who is 5-foot-10, 185-pounds, tallied eleven double-doubles (points-assists) during his sophomore season at Frank Phillips College. That included efforts of 32 points and 15 assists against Clarendon College, 32 points, eleven assists against Garden City College, 27 points and 14 assists against New Mexico Military Institute, and two games in which he chalked up 27 points and ten assists. In one game against Western Texas College, Jenkins hit 9-of-15 shots from the floor, including 6-of-7 shots from behind the arc. Against New Mexico Military Institute, Jenkins had a season-high seven steals.

Jenkins began his collegiate career at New Mexico State (2004-05) where he started 21 of 30 games as a freshman. Jenkins averaged 10.1 ppg (third-best on the Aggies), dished out a team-leading 105 assists, and also led the team in three-point field goal percentage (.431, 59-for-137). Jenkins also led the team in free throw percentage (.797, 55-for-69). Jenkins was also among the team leaders in steals (28).

Jenkins, who hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was a standout guard for Valley High School. Jenkins was named first team All-State after a superb senior season that saw Jenkins lead the state of New Mexico in points (26) and assists (8.4) per game. Jenkins was also named first team All-Metro conference and All-District 1-5A, while receiving Player of the Year awards for the conference and the district.

"We are very happy to get a player of Josh's ability and talent level," said Braswell. "He does so many things well on the floor. When you look at his statistics from high school and junior college, we think he is one of the top guards in the nation."

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