It's been well-known all season among Hofstra Basketball followers that Charles Jenkins is the go-to guy for the 2008-09 Hofstra Pride.
But, Jenkins is again being recognized in the New York area, within his conference, and now, nationally.
Despite a rough shooting performance in a Bracket Buster game on Saturday, Jenkins posted some impressive overall numbers in helping Hofstra to a 2-0 record last week, which earned the Pride's sophomore captain the CAA Player Of The Week award on Monday, February 23rd, and a day later, the Met Player Of The Week award on Tuesday, February 24th.
For the week, Jenkins averaged 22.5 points, 11.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.5 steals per game.
Counting all of Jenkins’ field goals and assists last week, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound guard had a hand in 37 of Hofstra’s 53 field goals (the Pride made 35 shots against James Madison and sank 18 at Fairfield)..
In a 99-96 double overtime home win over James Madison on February 18th, Jenkins scored 32 points (a point shy of the career-best 33 he scored at North Carolina-Wilmington on January 28th), making 11 of 16 shots from the floor and 10 of 12 free throws, while handing out a career-high 13 assists, getting 4 steals, and committing just 4 turnovers.
Jenkins followed that game up, going just 4-for-17 from the field in Hofstra's 61-56 win at Fairfield on February 21st, but he was a prefect 4-of-4 at the free throw line, while adding 3 steals and a game-high 9 assists. After struggling with 3 assists and 4 turnovers in the first half, Jenkins rebounded (literally, with 3 rebounds for the game), and figuratively... in the second-half, Jenkins had just 1 turnover and 6 assists, including assists on all 3 of guard Corenelius Vines' 3 three-pointers (in the final 8:28) which were huge difference makers in helping Hofstra to rally to victory after trailing by 6 points late in the game.
The CAA Player Of The Week award recognizes the Colonial Athletic Association’s best player in a given week, while the Presto Sports/Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) Player of the Week award is based on a vote of New York metropolitan area media.
Jenkins won each award for the second time this season, having won the CAA Player Of The Week award on November 17th, while receiving the Met Player Of The Week award on December 8th.
For the season, Jenkins is averaging 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.
In the CAA, Jenkins ranks second in scoring, seventh in assists, tenth in steals, and 19th in rebounding.
Nationally, Jenkins is one of just ten players in the country at the Division I Men’s level averaging at least 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game.
With 957 career points over his first 57 games, Jenkins is on pace to break the Hofstra all-time scoring mark (set last year, by Antoine Agudio) and to become only the second sophomore in Hofstra history to score 1,000 points (Agudio was the first).
The head coach of Hofstra’s next opponent, Rod Barnes, who coaches Georgia State, praises Jenkins, saying “He’s a star in our league. Night in and night out, he does what needs to be done to help his team win. He can get to the basket or make jumps shots.”