Apr 9, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT
John Jenkins will be foregoing his final year of eligibility as he will enter his name into consideration for the NBA Draft, per a release from the school.
“This was a very difficult decision for my family and I to make, but I am ready to dedicate myself fully to achieving my dream of playing in the NBA,” said Jenkins. “The last three years have been the time of my life, and I will always cherish my time at Vanderbilt and the relationships I have made along the way.”
This decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Jenkins, along with seniors Jeff Taylor and Festus Ezeli, shocked the nation when they jointly decided to return to school for another chance at postseason glory.
And depending on how you look at it, the season was a success. While it is difficult to be satisfied with a 25-11 season and a 10-6 finish in a down year in the SEC, Vanderbilt not only shook off their NCAA tournament demons by advancing to the round of 32, they won the SEC tournament with a come-from-behind victory against national champion Kentucky.
On a personal level, Jenkins had plenty of success the last two years. He’s led the SEC in scoring the last two seasons and tied former-Commodore Shan Foster’s record for 134 3-pointers in a single season.
Draft Express currently projects Jenkins as the second pick of the second round.
- Louisville’s Terry Rozier is ready for his bigger role this season 0
- Expectations have changed for Nebraska after surprise run to 2014 NCAA tournament 0
- John Calipari on whether Kentucky will use platoons this season: ‘I think so’ 3
- College Basketball Talk’s Recruiting Roundup 1
- Austin Hatch, who twice survived plane crashes, plays for Michigan 0
- Kentucky loses final game of Bahamas tour, Jack Martinez hits game-winner for Dominican Republic (VIDEO) 0
- Four-star shooting guard verbally commits to UCLA 0
- Michigan State’s Tom Izzo takes the #icebucketchallenge (VIDEO) (5)
- Northern Illinois unveils its new basketball floor (PHOTO) (5)
- Larry Brown on Emmanuel Mudiay going pro: ‘I thought it was a bad decision’ (4)
- Former Vanderbilt player releasing book exposing sex, drugs and parties in college basketball (4)
- Indiana lands a final piece in their 2014 recruiting class (4)