Vanderbilt's Jenkins makes the cut, will play for Team USA

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 10:06pm
Staff reports

John Jenkins earned the right to wear the Team USA jersey.

The Vanderbilt guard was named one of 12 college players who will represent the U.S. in the World University Games to take place Aug. 13-22 in Shenzen, China.

Jenkins survived two cuts after six days of training camp at Colorado Springs, Colo. The Station Camp High grad will continue to practice at the U.S. Olympic Training Center until the team, led by Purdue head coach Matt Painter, leaves for China on Monday.

The USA will play an exhibition contest against a Chinese Basketball Association professional team in Huizho, China on Aug. 11 before it begins tournament play.

Jenkins, a rising junior, led the Southeastern Conference in scoring last season with 19.5 points a game and was one of 21 players invited to the camp from the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, which is chaired by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.

Along with Jenkins, the final 12-member team includes Tim Abromatis (Notre Dame), Marcus Denmon (Missouri), Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh), Draymond Green (Michigan State), Scoop Jardine (Syracuse), Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara), Greg Mangano (Yale), Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota), Ray McCallum (Detroit Mercy) and Darius Miller (Kentucky).

Painter is assisted by Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin and Butler head coach Brad Stevens.