UNLV’s David Jenkins Jr. – Under the radar player watch

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The transfer from South Dakota State has impressed for the Runnin’ Rebels during the 2020-21 season.

UNLV has had an up and down campaign during the 2020-21 season where they currently sit at 9-11 but are still in contention for a spot in the Mountain West conference championships coming up March 10-13 in Las Vegas at their home arena.

One of the bright spots all season for the Runnin’ Rebels has been the play of junior guard David Jenkins Jr. who is in his first season with UNLV after transferring from South Dakota State at the end of 2018-19.

UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger originally recruited Jenkins out of high school and when he left his job South Dakota State, Jenkins followed him to Vegas.

So far this season, Jenkins is No.2 in scoring for UNLV with 15.1 points per game which includes shooting 44.4 percent from three-point range. When you watch UNLV play Jenkins just seems to always make the right play at the right time.

In his two years at South Dakota State, Jenkins was named first team All-Summit League during his sophomore season which followed at freshman campaign where he led the Jackrabbits to the NCAA tournament and was named conference Freshman of the Year.

Look for Jenkins to continue to impact UNLV under head coach T.J. Otzelberger as they look to reclaim the glory days of the Runnin’ Rebels program.