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Vanderbilt’s Jenkins To Enter NBA Draft

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.

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VU’s Jenkins, Ezeli, Taylor To Return

Vanderbilt announced yesterday afternoon that basketball stars Festus Ezeli, John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor will all return to Nashville for the 2011-12 season, bypassing the NBA draft.

“Obviously, we are very excited that those three guys have all decided to return to our program next season,” Kevin Stallings said via press release.  “All three carefully, thoughtfully, and diligently acquired information, with my help, about their draft status for the upcoming NBA draft.  After receiving the information, all three decided individually that it was their desire to return to Vanderbilt.  I comment and applaud them for the intelligent and diligent way they approached this process in making their decision.  Their return certainly positions our team for an exciting  season next year.”

Indeed it does.  Vanderbilt will likely go into the season ranked in the nation’s Top 15.

Now if they can just win a first-round NCAA Tournament game…

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SEC Headlines – 1/13/11 Part One

1.  It’s good news for Will Muschamp that Urban Meyer is moving toward working with ESPN next year.

2.  Billy Donovan credits a tough non-conference schedule for helping his team get off to a 2-0 conference record.

3.  What key fixes must Mark Richt make to keep his job?

4.  Vanderbilt ended Georgia’s nine-game win streak 73-66 last night.

5.  Weather led the Dawgs to decide to stay over in Nashville for a couple of days before busing down to Oxford for a game on Saturday.

5.  Kentucky freshman Stacey Poole has John Calipari wondering if he’ll be able to handle big-game pressure.

6.  The headline at The Charleston Post & Courier reads: “Gamecocks fire blanks in loss to Crimson Tide.”

7.  Watching on television from his home, Bruce Pearl thought Tennessee showed improvement in a Tuesday loss to Florida.

8.  There’s talk of Vol football coach Derek Dooley getting a pay raise… after a 6-7 season.

9.  John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli both scored 18 as Vandy dropped Georgia for its first SEC win last night.

10.  Kevin Stallings said his team played hard and that they “had to win.”

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Vanderbilt-Belmont postgame notes

Starting Lineup• Vanderbilt started sophomore John Jenkins, as well as juniors Jeffery Taylor and Brad Tinsley at guard…red-shirt juniors Festus Ezeli started at center while freshman Rod Odom started at forward…this is the first time Vanderbilt has used this starting lineup.• Rod Odom is making his first-career start and his eighth appearance.• Jeffery Taylor leads the team with 72 career starts…Brad Tinsley made his 63rd career start…Festus Ezeli appeared in his 69th game; including his 19th start…John Jenkins has made 15 starts and played in 39 games.
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VU tops Western Ky. | Highlights

Behind 21 points from John Jenkins, the Vanderbilt men’s basketball team defeated Western Kentucky, 82-62, Wednesday evening at Memorial Gym.
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Video: Post-WKU press conference

Men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings, guard John Jenkins and center Festus Ezeli answer questions from the media following the Commodores’ 82-62 win over Western Kentucky.
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Final: Vanderbilt 82, WKU 62

Behind 21 points from John Jenkins, the Vanderbilt men’s basketball team defeated Western Kentucky, 82-62, Wednesday evening at Memorial Gym.
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Video: Post-App. State press conference

Men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings, forward Lance Goulbourne, center Festus Ezeli and guard John Jenkins answer questions from the media following the Commodores’ 86-73 win over Appalachian State.
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Vanderbilt-App. State notes

Starting Lineup• Vanderbilt started sophomore John Jenkins, as well as juniors Jeffery Taylor and Brad Tinsley at guard…red-shirt juniors Festus Ezeli and Andre Walker started at center and guard, respectively…this is the fifth time this season and sixth time total that Vanderbilt has used this starting lineup.• Jeffery Taylor leads the team with 70 career starts…Brad Tinsley is making his 61st career start while Andre Walker is starting for the 38th time…Festus Ezeli is appearing in his 67th game, including his 17th start…John Jenkins has made 13 starts and played in 37 games.
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Vanderbilt-App. State quotes

“I didn’t expect that to be an easy game. We wore them down as the game went along. We kept our bench in and kept our guys going. We got some good productivity from our bench, particularly Lance [Goulbourne]. Lance was outstanding, Festus [Ezeli] was dominant inside, and John [Jenkins] was all that we could have hoped for today.”
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