Hometown: Upper Marlboro, MD
High School: Gonzaga College High School
Kris Jenkins saw a substantial jump in minutes from his freshman to sophomore season, averaging 18.6 MPG last year. He made the most of his extra playing time by improving from 4.1 to 6.3 PPG, 37.3% to 41.6% FG%, and a slight increase in efficiency to a 37.2% three-point percentage. Kris finished third best on the team in FT% with a 78%.
Jenkins best overall game last season was arguably against Xavier on February 28th when he scored 14 points on 4-7 from the field (all 3's) with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. His worst performance came against St. John's on January 6th where he played only 9 minutes and committed 4 personal fouls.
With JayVaughn Pinkston graduating and the news of Tim Delaney's hip surgery, Jenkins will surely receive another spike in minutes. But how much more time will he see? It is unclear of what Wright has in store for Mikal Bridges in his season off of redshirting, and Darryl Reynolds still looms on the bench.
Over 80% of Jenkins' shots last year came from three-point land, so it's clear where his mindset is in terms of offense. Depending on the big man situation in the upcoming season, Wright may opt to use Jenkins inside more, and it will be interesting to see how long the junior can stay on the court and be effective in that role.
Best-case scenario: Jenkins makes the most of his rise in minutes yet again and reaches double digit points on multiple outings. Jenkins finds a nice balance of shooting from the outside and playing tough defense in the paint to give Daniel Ochefu much-needed rest on occasion.
Worst-case scenario: Mikal Bridges shines in his team debut and Kris is not needed to play the 4 or 5 position. Jenkins continues to rely on the three pointer as his main weapon, meaning he is given inconsistent playing time depending on how hot or cold he is on any given night.
The Wisdom of Crowds Returns
We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds poll for the 2015-16 season. In this series, we ask you to consider the points covered in our player preview to supplement your own personal insight and instincts to predict the points per game each scholarship player on the roster will score in the upcoming season.