• Ben Hall

Fairleigh Dickinson Point Guard Jahlil Jenkins Talks About College Career and First NCAA Tournament

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

Many college basketball fans know Fairleigh Dickinson point guard Jahlil Jenkins from the stellar performance he had in the NCAA Tournament.


Jahlil Jenkins scored 22 points, had 6 assists, and helped lead Fairleigh Dickinson to the schools first ever NCAA Tournament win. Fairleigh Dickinson beat Praire View A&M 82-76.


“That game was probably the best game I’ve ever played,” Jenkins said. “Just because it was in March Madness and everyone watches the First Four and I will never forget that moment ever.”


Jenkins is a 6’0, 160-pound point guard from Ransom, West Virginia. He attended high school at Virginia Academy. He committed to Fairleigh Dickinson during his senior year of high school. 


Jenkins has spent the last two years at Fairleigh Dickinson.


“It’s been a great last two years at Fairleigh Dickinson University,” Jenkins said. “I’m glad I’m able to let the kids back in Ranson, West Virginia see that they can make it. You just got to stay focused.”


Jenkins has played a huge role for the Knights since his freshman season when he started 27 of the 31 games his team played. He averaged 12.0 points, 4.4 assists, and 1.2 steals in 33.8 minutes per game.


“Honestly nowadays in college basketball you’ll see a lot of freshman starting,” Jenkins said. “But I was put right into the fire and it was a dream come true. But it made me become a better basketball player.”


In his sophomore season, Jenkins started every game for the Knights. He averaged 13.6 points, 4.5 assists, and 1.6 steals in 36.9 minutes per game. His outstanding performance in the NEC Tournament put him on the NEC All-Tournament Team.


After winning the NEC Tournament, Fairleigh Dickinson beat Praire View A&M in the First Four. This sent them to the first round of the NCAA Tournament where they would square off against Gonzaga.


Gonzaga beat Fairleigh Dickinson 87-49, eliminating the Knights from the tournament.


Jenkins averaged 14.5 points, 4 assists, and 1.5 steals in 38 minutes per game in the NCAA Tournament.


For next season, Jenkins will look to lead his team back to another NCAA Tournament.


“My expectations are very high for next season and I’m excited to see what happens,” Jenkins said. “We lose two key players that did a lot for the program and we will miss them but we will move on and try to get back to another championship.”



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