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Prep Basketball: Jenkins signs with Trinidad State

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By Caitie Ihrig

Robertson senior Jazmyne Jenkins signed her national letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Trinidad State Junior College.

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“My parents went there and they have taken me over there a couple times,” Jenkins said. “I really liked it there and I thought it would be a good place to go play. I think it made it a little easier because I had other options, but it made me want to go there more knowing they went there and enjoyed it.”

Jenkins’ mom, Fran Jenkins, said she is thrilled to see her daughter play at her and her husband’s alma mater.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “I think it’s awesome. It’s really exciting that she wants to go where both me and her dad went to school.”

Not only is Jazmyne Jenkins going to the same school, but her basketball coach is her mom’s old volleyball coach.

“I think it’s going to be really fun,” she said. “He coached my mom and said she was a really good player, so hopefully he can talk highly about me eventually.”

He was first a basketball coach and then switched to volleyball and is now back with basketball.

“He was a good coach,” Fran Jenkins said. “He made volleyball fun and I really enjoyed my time there and I hope she has a good time. I think she will really enjoy being there with him.”

Jazmyne Jenkins was also recruited by a school in Colorado for volleyball, but chose to sign for basketball.

“I just really enjoy basketball and feel like I could do big things if I work hard,” she said. “It feels really good to know that I’m not done with basketball yet and to continue to be able to play.”

Robertson head coach Jose Medina said that Jazmyne Jenkins is a tremendous player and can play all aspects of the basketball game.

“It’s always nice to have a post player that can play inside and outside and play defense and rebound,” he said. “She did a great job for us as a post player. She is one of the big factors of us winning the state championship this year.”

Throughout her three-year varsity career, Jazmyne Jenkins played in 59 games, averaging 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, .4 assists and .3 rebounds per game.

There are only stats for one game on MaxPreps for her senior season, as Jazmyne Jenkins played in 29 games in her sophomore and junior seasons.

In her sophomore season, she averaged only 9.7 points per game, but made 53 free throws and had 129 offensive rebounds and 94 defensive rebounds.

In her junior year, she totaled 207 points, averaging 7.1 points per game, making 86 field goals and 35 free throws, 70 offensive rebounds and 76 defensive rebounds.

Medina said that Jenkins will have to be mentally and physically tough to be successful at the next level.

“I think she is going to do good,” he said. “She has the physical skill and ability. Now she just has to bump them up a level because at the college level, it’s a little more intense, faster and quicker and stronger so she is going to have to adapt and make adjustments, but I think she is mentally strong enough to do that.”

Once she finishes her two years at Trinidad, Jazmyne Jenkins said she is hoping to sign with a four-year school.

“If I get signed to go play somewhere else I would really enjoy that, but if not, I will just go to a four-year and finish my education,” she said. “I hope I can play at the next level and get more confident in playing and get to a different level.”