Charles Jenkins' Senior Day will be special

February, 21, 2011
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Hofstra star guard Charles Jenkins, the school's all-time leading scorer, will have his No. 22 jersey number retired on Saturday as part of Senior Day festivities. He'll become the 25th Hofstra student-athlete to have a number retired, but the first to have it done while he's an active player.

Hofstra wants to make him a legend before he's even finished school because his accomplishments are staggering.

Jenkins has scored 2,420 points in his career thus far, breaking the Pride's all-time record for points last month. He's been a CAA player of the year and rookie of the year. It appears he'll finish second on the all-time conference scoring list to David Robinson of Navy.

Just last week, he had this incredible display, hitting the game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and then the game-winning heave from about 35 feet out to beat William & Mary.

After Saturday, the only way the No. 22 will be worn again by a men's basketball player is if some hotshot recruit who dares to be the next Jenkins makes the request.

And according to The Star-Ledger, Jenkins was once that recruit who dared to challenge Speedy Claxton, one of the five Hofstra players with a retired number.
Before his freshman year at Hofstra even began, Charles Jenkins wanted to fight the best player the school has ever produced.

Speedy Claxton, then with the Atlanta Hawks, saw his prey in the form of Jenkins when the two faced off in an open gym session. The NBA veteran bumped, bruised and harassed the freshman-to-be. By the end of the game, Jenkins didn’t care who Claxton was -- he was ready to throw down. Then, he realized something: Claxton was challenging him because he saw the potential.

"He really gave it to me that day," Jenkins recalled. "I wanted to fight him a little bit because he was so tough on me. But that really showed how much he cared -- to put all of that effort into even guarding me in an open gym like that."

Now it's Jenkins who will be immortalized on Saturday, with the program asking players of the future to look to what he's achieved.

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