Charles Jenkins draft profile

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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

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.

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  • NYK at #17.

  • I'd rather have E'Twaun Moore. Their +/- is what separates those two guys.

    Give me the Chicagoland kid over the New York kid, especially as a combo-guard.

  • If #17 is too high, I could see the NYK trading down to get him.

  • +/-

    - E'Twaun Moore...389 +/- at an avg. of 12.5 per.
    - Charles Jenkins...51 +/1 at an avg. of 2.0 per.

    * E'Twaun Moore won a lot of games in H.S., including a state title over Eric Gordon, now of the L.A. Clippers, while Charles Jenkins did not.

    The Bulls need to draft BASKETBALL PLAYERS, who play both ends of the floor and know how to win games. They don't need to draft ATHLETES, who aren't winners.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Charles Jenkins is a baller. Do you're homework. He is not an athlete. The Bulls likely can get both, as Jenkins should fall to 28 & Moore to 43

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    After reviewing the draft over the past month I believe the Bulls should go big on #28. If JaJuan Johnson is there they would be insane not to go for him. This would give Gar the option of giving up Taj if necessary. Either Smith or Jenkins should be there at #30 and I would be content with either.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    A stretch 4 is kind of a need for the Bulls. Is that a main need...No! but it would be a nice to have asset. Which means, the Bulls should draft at 28 or 30...a big man who can shoot the 3 like a Channing Frye or Charlie Villenueva types.

    That said, if they have to trade these picks for a SG...that's more important

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    I like your thinking in a lot of ways. As for Moore vs. Jenkins, you could probably get one of Jimmy Butler, Moore, McCamey, or Bogdonavich with our pick.

    We should have many choices.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    He weighed in at 216 at the pre-draft measurements ... seems bulky enough to play the two, that's bigger than Kirk who played the two fine (defensively, the less said about his off the ball offense the better).

    I guess how important is that extra inch or two of height ... which seems to be what the majority of the prospects we're looking at for SG are missing.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    yep, scouts say he looks like a linebacker, although 216 is more of a safety type build

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    I am so happy right now. I can't believe I dislike Kobe and Lebron this much. Wait, yes I can. Thank you Dallas.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    FFFFFUCK YEA

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    And Wade staying on the court and congratulating Dallas players was really classy. Always respected your game. So come on man. Don't let Lebron's BS keep influencing you.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I completely disagree that he uses little left hand. He was among the nations best scorers in driving left, despite being a righty. He actually prefers to go left.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Despite not having great speed, its certaintly not poor, and he does have quickness.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I think he has solid quickness, but do worry about his overall speed to use it at next level. I do think he can make up for it in craftyness!

    As for left hand, I can see him going to his left, but I rarely thought he was great in terms of setting up his dribble with his left.

    I think he will improve each year and might see a left hand eventually, but when I watched him he was able to use his body to shield off more than having a great left hand.

    His pick-and-rolls seem to be dominated using his right hand.

    That's what I saw; I could definitely be wrong and appreciate your feedback.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Better than CJ Watson, or not?

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Better than Toney Douglas(Knicks), or Not?

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I think he has the chance to be better than both but he is an entirely different player.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    So you're saying he do what Charles Jenkins do?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVl2QfGR16k

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    he compares himself to Rodney Stuckey, in terms of play style. Fair? From day 1 he is a dramatically better shooter I would say.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    sounds like he would be a nice pick at 28 or 30, but I think that I would prefer to move up and get Marshon Brooks for his size and length.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I'll go with b ball skills over measureables any day of the week.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Kevin, you planning on doing a profile of the Brazilian 7 footer Lucas Nogueira? I think he is a possibility.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I will closer to end of draft if he stays in it, but it does not look likely. I like your input.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Any idea what the deal is with Selby slipping so far in the mocks lately? I know he stunk in college but he seems the type of player teams normally convince themselves to like despite the red flags. Do you think he'll rise again in workouts?

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    You will see an article up on him soon. Selby is really talented, but has many question marks as to if he is just a high school talent or mis-used. Many players that have had similar question marks in the past have either be taken a lot earlier than projected or have slid. Are teams bluffing and degrading him so other teams don't draft him, or do they really question his talents. I personally see a team that has multiple picks and in need of talent drafting him by late teens. He is a top 10 potential talent in this draft.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Thanks, I enjoy your analysis

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    no need to, he took himself out of the draft today, after not getting assurance he would become a 1st rounder

  • In reply to BigWay:

    What does anyone think of Mack from Butler? I like the guy alot and think he could be a shot maker off of the bench.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Jenkins is moving up. When you shoot volume threes above 40% for two straight years people take notice. 2.2 A/TO ratio on nearly five assists. 34" Vert with 6'7 wingspan. NBA atleticism/exceptional rebounding and steals numbers. And a prolific scorer from the get go. Above average lateral quickness. 2pt FG% of 45 and 56% the last two years. I doubt Charles is going to be there at 28, but if the Bulls got him I'd be very happy. I doubt the Bulls will gamble trading players Taj/Asik and picks to move up for Klay Thompson or Burkes(if they could/willing partner). My guys in order if available: Reggie Jackson, Charles Jenkins, JuJuan Johnson, Nolan Smith.

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    Reggie Jackson has a ton of talent, but he is pretty raw still and it will take him time to make an impact on a team. The others I have commented on and feel they could all make a contribution.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    You could be right Kevin. "He is pretty raw, and will take time to make an impact on a team." Of course you could say that about most guys after No.9 or 10 in most drafts. Both my top picks/available last year did not play in the NBA/their respective teams(Luke Babbitt and Dominique Jones). Though as I said I think Dallas was way too loaded to grow a newbie who did not have immediate reliable impact like Jones. I'd be surprised if he didn't eventually get some burn, but you never know.

    But I watched Reggie Jackson in several games, and I just think his handles are legit, and his threes will give him room to operate. Seems to have decent attitude/presence from what I could gleen. Just a solid first step, but once he gets moving he's lightning quick. And his athleticism is elite even for the NBA level IMO. Anyway if we get he or Jenkins I'd be very pleased/think Gar/Pax were making the best move they could along with JuJuan Johnson who though a late bloomer to me can score mid range and high post. But he is so damn skinny he will be a defensive liability despite his pretty good athleticism. I guess his laterasl quickness is just so-so I don't know I didn't watch him much until late in the year. I hear he's a good character guy though. Nolan Smith would also work for me. He may be a solid guard off the bench if he can hit some threes, and 80% free throw shooting twice/two seasons is a good sign. Plus leading Duke to the title doesn't hurt either as younger player.

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    RoadWarrior, will have an article in the next couple of days on him. He is a great talent and would be a great talent type pick at our pick.

    I agree with you analysis in that certain players take time to develop. However, the Bulls either need stability type players that will make a presence or that we have to take him type talent that provides a skill that we do not have.

    Right now, if we drafted Jackson, I fear that he would rot on the bench and there is no way we can even ramp up his trade interest if he just sits on the bench. If we drafted a Charles Jenkins, Nolan Smith, JaJuan Johnson type player, then we have seasoned and high IQ players that can be depth and either player away and create trade depth or be trade depth.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    This taken from Luke Winn's article from SI.com:

    "and while Jenkins shoots right-handed, he can go left off the dribble better than anyone in the draft: He had a national-best efficiency of 1.3261 PPP on left-hand drives, which he did 59 percent of the time."

    read the whole article here:
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/luke_winn/06/08/nba.draft.williams.jenkins/index.html?eref=twitter_feed

  • Last point,

    Moore vs. Jenkins is like Johnson vs. Young.

    Two years ago, Doug Thonus was screaming at the top of his lungs for the Bulls to draft James "Dickey" Johnson. All the while, I said the Bulls should draft Sam Young.

    How's that looking right now?

    Without Sam Young, Memphis doesn't stay afloat and make strides in the playoffs when Rudy Gay went down with a season-ending injury. All the while, "Dickey" Johnson was smartly traded elsewhere.

    Hopefully the Bulls' management won't make the same mistake twice.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Where does Wade play right now? How'd that work out for your prediction %? You are so annoying. How anyone can sound so stupid and continue to prasie themselves is pure comedy...

  • I think Charles Jenkins will be there at #28. Then with the #30 pick I believe the Bulls will shock everyone with Jon Leuer. I also believe that if the Bulls do not choose a guard with either of those picks they will draft Illinois' Demetri McCamey in the 2nd rd. I've read that Gar really likes him and he's known Rose since the 8th grade, but I've heard a lot of people talk about his work ethic? I caught a couple of Illinois games this year and he really hit some big shots for them. Anyone else know much about him?

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