Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins was named the Southeastern Conference’s player of the week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Jenkins, a sophomore standout from Hendersonville, averaged 21.7 points and three rebounds in Vanderbilt’s three games at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
On Sunday, he scored 16 points and made five of his six free throws in the last minute to lead the Commodores past then-No. 8 North Carolina 72-65 in the third-place game of the tournament. He finished the tournament shooting 25-of-28 from the foul line.
The previous contest, he made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points in a 74-71 loss to West Virginia. He opened the tournament with 22 points in Vanderbilt’s 59-49 victory over Nebraska.
Jenkins leads the team in scoring with 18.8 points a game heading into Wednesday’s home game against Grambling State.
His award made it two in a row for the Commodores. Junior guard Brad Tinsley was named the season's first winner the previous week after he recorded the first triple-double in school history in a season-opening victory against Presbyterian.