Charles Jenkins’ uniform number 22 seems to fit him very well, especially lately.
Hofstra’s star sophomore guard, wearing TWO-TWO, excelling at the TWO (shooting guard primarily, with some One, point guard, mixed in), in Year TWO (of his college career), won TWO prestigious awards, in each of the final TWO weeks of the regular season.
TWO weeks ago, Jenkins won these TWO awards: the Met Player Of The Week as the best college player in the New York metro area and the CAA Player Of The Week.
That was followed up this week, with TWO more awards: the Co-CAA Player Of The Week and the CAA Player Of The Year, which he earned on the eve of the CAA Tournament, on Thursday, March 5th.
Ironically, with all of these TWO’s, it was Jenkins going from Hofstra’s number TWO option (behind the Pride’s all-time leading scorer Antoine Agudio) to the team’s first choice offensively, which helped him earn his first all-CAA team honor.
Increasing his scoring output from 15.0 points per game during his CAA Rookie Of The Year season as a freshman, Jenkins has led Hofstra in scoring this year, and is the number TWO scorer in the CAA, averaging 19.2 points per game, behind only TWO-time CAA Player Of The Year and likely future NBA first-round draft pick Eric Maynor.
Jenkins has scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games and has reached 20 or more points in 14 games this season. He ranks seventh in CAA with 4.2 assists per game and eighth in the conference with 1.5 steals per game, while averaging 4.8 rebounds per game.
The boxscore-filling Jenkins is one of only six Division I men to average at least 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game.
Jenkins scored over 30 points for time this season, reaching a career-high three of those times. He had 31 points in a November 16th win over East Tennessee State; he posted 33 points at North Carolina-Wilmington on January 28th; and exactly one month later, in Hofstra’s final regular season game on February 28th, Jenkins scored 35 points to again beat UNCW. In that game, Jenkins became the fastest Hofstra player ever to reach 1,000 points. Only (what else… TWO) Hofstra players have scored 1,000 points as sophomores: Jenkins and Agudio. Finishing that game with 1,011 career points, Jenkins is on pace to become Hofstra’s all-time leading scorer. He’s currently 64 points ahead of Agudio, who 947 points at the same stage of their careers (59 games).
It’s a good bet that with Maynor graduating, Jenkins, the number TWO player in the CAA, might follow in Maynor’s footsteps in winning TWO CAA Player Of The Year awards in his final TWO years in the conference.
As Hofstra gears up for the CAA tournament, it will be trying to accomplish what many other mid-majors are hopeful of achieving: trying to get to an NCAA tournament via the only route possible… winning its conference tournament.
On that note, Hofstra shares a connection with a fellow mid-major who has a notable alum: former “Love Connection” host Chuck Woolery is a graduate of The Ohio Valley Conference’s Moorehead State, which wears the same shades of blue and gold as Hofstra.
Woolery’s famous line before every commercial break, of course: “We’ll be back in TWO and TWO” referring to TWO minutes and TWO seconds.
Regardless of how the Pride fares in this year’s CAA tournament, with TWO years left at Hofstra for Jenkins, and considering the TWO years he’s already put up, expect the rafters at Hofstra’s Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead to someday hang the jersey numbers of Jenkins’ … TWO and TWO.
6-foot-10 sophomore forward Greg Washington (Centereach, NY) was named to the CAA All-Defensive team, who ranks (what else... number TWO) with 2.3 blocks per game in the CAA. Washington is also just TWO (there's that number again, it's contagious!) blocks away from tying the school single-season record of 66, set by JUCO transfer Adrian Uter in 2006.