Monday, July 21, 2014

Tyrese Jenkins - Richmond's Rising Star



The P2bball End of Year awards are roughly 60 days away – one of the top candidates for the Most Improved Player of the Year award is Tyrese Jenkins. The Most Improved Player award is almost a precursor to stardom and it has traditionally been given to the next generation of superstars at the middle/grammar school level; Jenkins without question fits that mold.

Tyrese recently competed in the 2019 USBA National Championship and impressed from start to finish.  Standing 6’5 with inside/outside skillset that now includes a consistent stroke that extends out to the 3-point stripe; Jenkins has improved his ball-handling on the perimeter as well and was seen often leading the break and setting up teammates.  

The hands are so soft and they catch everything thrown his way on the block or off penetration; bad passes are even gobbled up and most importantly they are taken up strongly and finished. They continuation and development of finishing moves and angles is extremely impressive strong side fishing as well as being able to use both hands, use the rim as a protector show advance development as a scoring threat.  The expansion of the shooting range has Jenkins looking like a candidate to move and play at a high level on the perimeter or minimum as a stretch 4.  Always showing excellent touch on the jumper the added ability to knock down shots off the bounce even out to the 3-point stripe is extremely impressive when combined with all the other aspects.

Solid rebounding package which includes out-letting the ball to all areas and distances on the basketball court like a quarterback in the pocket just adds to his quickly improving package and national profile.  A value added shot blocker; one who keeps the ball in bounds and gain possession; a lost art in this ESPN world – Tyrese Jenkins is quickly turning into one of the most versatile and consistent players in the class.  

Great size and length, great vision and IQ, solid stroke and a great rebounder and defender; we saw flashes of this in early 2014 – consistency is now the name of Jenkins game; where you know that you are getting this every time he touches the floor.  Clearly Jenkins best days are in front of him as he is quickly realizing his potential and pushing his ceiling higher.  This is a player to watch moving forward as he will be making his imprint on this class before it is said and done.  Tyrese Jenkins stock is quickly rising get on his bandwagon now before there is no more room;  he is now officially in the conversation.

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