Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins announced Monday he plans to forgo his senior season and enter the NBA Draft.
Jenkins plans to sign with an agent, which would eliminate any possibility of Jenkins return to college.
“This was a very difficult decision for my family and I to make, but I am ready to dedicate myself fully to achieving my dream of playing in the NBA,” Jenkins said. “The last three years have been the time of my life, and I will always cherish my time at Vanderbilt and the relationships I have made along the way.”
Jenkins will have a chance to be drafted in the first round of the draft, which will take place on Thursday, June 28.
Chad Ford of ESPN.com ranks Jenkins as the No. 40 prospect in the nation and projects Jenkins as a “late first round pick.” Ford recently wrote the following analysis of Jenkins:
“Jenkins may be the best shooter in the entire draft. He has ridiculous range and isn’t afraid to let it fly from just about everywhere. If he were a little taller, a more explosive athlete or more of a point guard, he’d be a lock for the first round. Going back to school isn’t going to change any of that. As it stands he’s on the first-round bubble.”
The latest projection from DraftExpress.com has Jenkins being selected with the second pick of the second round.
Jenkins’ decision means Vanderbilt will have to replace its entire starting lineup from the 2011-12 season. Guard Brad Tinsley, forwards Lance Goulbourne and Jeffery Taylor and center Festus Ezeli all depart as seniors.