Charles Jenkins (Hofstra)
6'3, SG/PG, 215 lbs.
Despite hailing from a small college, Jenkins is rising as a draft prospect. Charles Jenkins put together another dominant season for Hofstra as a jack-of-all trades combo guard.
At Hofstra, he was the offense with little support in terms of creation ability from others. Offensively, Charles is most effective as a decision maker off of the pick-and-roll.
In fact, Charles was the best pick-and-roll player in the college game; which is crucial and should definitely transfer to the next level.
He has a quality shot which defenders must respect, but he plays unselfishly, setting up teammates when contested.
Charles displays excellent decision making in terms of when to score vs pass. He also shoots well as a spot up shooter which
bodes well in terms of transition at the next level where he's unlikely to dominate the ball. He does not have a
quick release, but it is solid and should translate.
Saying all this, there are questions about how well will he create at the next level. Charles played mainly against mid-major talent as the main ball-handler. He also does not display that great of a first step, showed little left hand, nor does he show great speed.
He seems to make up for some of this by keeping his dribble, using his body to shield off defenders, and creating enough separation to get to the angle for a solid shot or pass-out. However, expecting him to create on a regular basis at the NBA level is unrealistic.
Overall, offensively, Charles provides many attributes fitting a great 6th man option. He is not a natural point guard, nor is he tall enough to be a regular full-time shooting guard. He is never going to be a dominant guard, but likely an efficient one. His high basketball IQ should translate as he understands angles as a facilitator or as a scorer. He's also shot made many clutch shots in his career at Hofstra.
Defensively, Charles should be sound at the next level. He will struggle in terms of guarding most speedy point guards due to quickness, and will rely on his strength to slow down the speed. Even though there are only a few shooting guards that post up, he will struggle in terms of guarding the height of those players. However, Charles will do well in terms of using his body, strength, solid lateral quickness, and high basketball IQ to guard most players, including both point and shooting guards.
Overall, Charles is projected to go late in the first round as he is still unknown against major competition. While he may never be a dominant player in this league, or possibly even a starter, Charles has many attributes that should translate to being a clutch, glue-guy for any team.
There have been many guards that have come out of mid-major to smaller conferences with similar careers that have not gone on to play well. However, players such as Lester Hudson and Henry Domercant were not nearly as efficient as Charles, nor would they create for others as well as Charles.
How does he fit in with the Bulls?
While I do worry a little about how his speed will translate to the next level as a tweener, he seems to be solid athletically and makes sound decisions across the board without any major flaws.
Overall, Charles would be a steal for the Bulls at pick 28, and he might be taken slightly above where we pick. While he may not be as talented as Reggie Jackson, nor as quick as Nolen Smith, at pick 28, I feel he might be one of the best players that fit our team and where we are heading.
The Bulls seem to relish glue-guy type players that are very efficient and Charles provides that. He may not be a point guard that has the great speed nor naturally gets others involved like Nolen Smith of Duke, nor is he the shooting guard we need full-time.
However, we need ball-handlers that make the right decision and he provides that while giving the team a change of pace. I like Charles a little better than Nolen because of his ability to be more of a scorer and the ability to play the two guard in spurts.
I think you could pair him next to Rose and he could either be the ball-distibutor and let Rose play off the ball for a few minutes or let him be an offensive threat off of Rose, yet still be solid on defense. Either way, he would take a load off of Rose for a few minutes while still allowing for him to be in the game.
Charles seems to have that overall mentality that just states clutch winner. What I really like his ability to use the pick-and-roll; a staple in the NBA. He worked hard to get where he is at, seems to have a great basketball IQ, and will make key plays at key times. While I think there may be more talented players than Charles at pick 28 unless Marshon Brooks falls, Charles is the best pick at this junction in my opinion and makes perfect sense for the Bulls.