Vanderbilt basketball recruit John Jenkins sparkled on the national stage last week, according to one observer.
Jenkins, a shooting guard from Station Camp High in Gallatin, participated in the 16th annual NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va.
Known as a perimeter sniper, he did little to disappoint against many of the nation’s top high school seniors.
“Jenkins performed at a level like those of us in the mid-state knew he was capable of performing,” said Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer, who covered the event. “He’s definitely one of the best shooters in the 2009 class and just might be the best contested shooter in the class.
“He can hit shots on the move and doesn’t need much space to get it off. Other areas of his game are in the process of developing, but there is no doubt that he will be a high-level scorer in the SEC.”
The 6-foot-3 Jenkins committed to Vanderbilt last fall and is expected to sign in November. He won Class AA Mr. Basketball honors in March. Rivals.com ranks him as the nation’s No. 53 overall prospect and No. 12 shooting guard among seniors-to-be.
The NBA Players Association created the Top 100 Camp to assist players in their basketball skills as well as social development.
“We’re trying to mentor them and we’re also trying to establish ourselves as some of the only people in their lives who aren’t asking something from them,” camp director Tim McCormick told the USA Today. “The challenges for young, high school superstars are phenomenal. I feel bad for a lot of these kids. They just want to play basketball. They want to make their dream come true and there’s all of these distractions.”
RISING STAR: Former Vanderbilt pitcher David Price, selected No. 1 overall in the 2007 Major League Draft by the Tampa Bay Devils Rays, is making a rapid ascension toward the big leagues.
The 6-foot-6 left-hander from Murfreesboro was promoted from Class A Vero Beach to Class AA Montgomery over the weekend following his win over St. Lucie. He was expected to join the Montgomery squad this week and pitch as soon as Thursday.
In six starts at Vero Beach, Price was 4-0 with a 1.82 earned-run average while striking out 37 batters and walking just seven in 34 2/3 innings.
FIRST CLASS: Vanderbilt will hold a news conference Thursday at 2:30 p.m. to reveal the first class for its new Athletics Hall of Fame.
Twelve former athletes will be announced, then will be formally inducted on the weekend of Sept. 13 when the Commodores play host to Rice in a football game.
Hall of Fame groundbreaking is scheduled for 2009 and is part of VU’s five-year, $55-million facilities-upgrade program. The Hall of Fame will be located in the yet-to-be-expanded area of the McGugin Center.
Names of the inductees will be released Thursday on NashvilleCityPaper.com.
ON THE MOVE: Blake Allen, who served as Vanderbilt’s volunteer-assistant baseball coach for the past four seasons, has joined the Western Kentucky staff as a full-time assistant coach.