Clemson had a terrible outing against North Carolina Saturday night but that performance did not scare off 6-6 junior De’riante Jenkins, the former Lake Marion football and basketball standout who is now living in Orlando and focusing on hoops. Jenkins attended the game then went back to Clemson Sunday to meet further with head coach Brad Brownell. Right now it all looks good for Clemson with Jenkins.
“There was no commitment but I’m very close, very close,” Jenkins said. “On a scale of ten, I’d give it an eight. I’ve been going to Clemson since the 7th grade for summer camps and it’s always felt like home. It’s in the ACC and I will be playing against future pros every night. Coach Brownell’s style of basketball is really cool. He sounds like a guy who is pretty hard on you and expect a lot out of you. He told me the program is needing help. They are building a new stadium and all that.”
Jenkins also has offers from Houston, East Carolina, South Florida and Virginia Tech. USC and NC State have also shown interest of late. He was at USC for the UNC Asheville game and he said the Gamecocks have been talking to his AAU coach.
“I’m still waiting to see what they (USC & NC State) are going to do,” Jenkins said. “I could have a decision in January, and if not it will be in the summer.”
Jenkins averaged 15 points and 5 rebounds per game last season. While at Lake Marion, he was a football prospect as an option quarterback but he said his football days are behind him now.