In the second installment of the ESPN HoopGurlz feature "Prospects In Focus," we look at the evolution of Jasmine Jenkins of Gainesville, Ga. The 5-foot-7 point guard and Vanderbilt pledge is ranked No. 86 in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 for the 2012 class.
Strengths and Weaknesses
One of the more vocal players in the country, Jasmine Jenkins' calling card is her leadership ability. Her floor presence, basketball IQ and communication skills all translate to having another coach on the hardwood in crucial late-game situations. She's a willing facilitator with good vision in the open floor. Her ball handling in the open floor coupled with the skill to knock down the 15-foot jumper off the move in transition make the Vanderbilt commit a tough matchup at the BCS level next fall. Our staff has watched her change her frame over the past 12 months and, as a result, she got a step quicker.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Scoring consistently, picking spots
Until this past summer, Jenkins played in situations where she had been accustomed to getting shot opportunities early and often. At Vanderbilt, her game will be predicated on using her ability to set teammates up and finding her offensive game as a result of their success. Showing that she can consistently knock down the 3-pointer off the ball reversal will be key. The four-star floor general showed growth in that area this offseason as she spent the majority of the summer at camps and team events playing alongside four other Division I-caliber players at the same time.
Over the past calendar year, Jenkins has seen her stock shoot through the roof, in part because of her advanced skill set and in part due to her will to win. She'll have to continue to bring both of those elements day in and day out to succeed at a program known for competing with the SEC's top programs.
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Brandon Clay is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the publisher of the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report and the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as a recruiting analyst, event operator and trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com.