April 10, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Jim O’Brien, Ohio State head men’s basketball coach, announced Wednesday that Shun Jenkins, a 6-foot-6-inch, 235-pound power forward from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss., signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play for the Buckeyes next season.
O’Brien said Jenkins will become a factor inside for the Buckeyes.
“We are very happy to get him,” O’Brien said. “Naturally, we felt the need to get a player of his caliber, especially with his maturity level. He comes in with some experience and will boost our front court.
“Monte Mathis (OSU assistant coach) did a terrific job of identifying and recruiting Shun,” O’Brien said.
Jenkins averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds and connected on 62 percent of his shots from the field as a junior college sophomore for a 22-7 team that finished in the Elite Eight of the 2002 NJCAA Tournament. The Indians finished with a 19-7 record in 2000-01. He averaged 12 points and seven rebounds as a freshman.
In two seasons at Itawamba, Jenkins started all 55 games for the Indians. As a sophomore, he was a First Team-All Mississippi performer and earned First Team All-Region 23 and First Team All-Region 23 Tournament accolades.
Marty Cooper, head coach of the Indians, said Buckeye fans will enjoy Jenkins’ efforts on the court.
“Shun has a terrific attitude with a great work ethic,” Cooper said. “He will give 100 percent everyday in practice and in games. He is coachable and will continue to get better.”
Jenkins is a native of Albany, Ga., where he played for Archie Chatmon at Albany Senior High School.
Chatmon said Jenkins made a name for himself on the defensive end of the court for the Albany Indians.
“He led the team in blocked shots as a senior with 56 and is third all-time in career blocks,” Chatmon said. “Even more impressive was his ability to take charges. He was double trouble on defense because he could stand in there and block shots or take the charge. He had an unbelievable 60 charges taken as a senior.” Jenkins averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds for Albany as a senior on a 17-13 team that advanced to the second round of the state tournament. He played on the varsity team for three years and was a starter the last two.
Jenkins joins a pair of high school players who signed with the Buckeyes last November. Ricardo Billings, a 6-3, 200-pound guard from Rogers High School in Detroit, Mich., and forward Charles Bass (6-8, 180) from Crete-Monee (Ill.) High School will begin their Ohio State careers this fall.
The Buckeyes have two scholarships remaining for the 2002-03 season.