Jenkins hopes to follow Burks' path

Jenkins hopes to follow Burks' path

Chris Jenkins wasn't highly recruited, but signed with Colorado, where he believes he can shine.

Alec Burks was not a highly recruited prospect coming out of high school.

In two years at the University of Colorado, however, Burks went from unheralded freshman to NBA lottery pick.

Chris Jenkins sees that same ability in himself. A swing player from University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Jenkins signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play for Colorado.

Despite playing in the backyard of Big Ten schools Michigan and Michigan State, Jenkins didn't get a lot of attention. He had other offers, but they came from schools such as Duquesne, Florida International, Morehead State and Central Michigan.

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle loved what he saw in the 6-foot-7, 190-pounder, and Jenkins believes Colorado is getting a diamond in the rough.

"Yeah, they are," he said.

How has Jenkins gone largely unnoticed? Mainly, said said, because he's played out of position quite a bit. He said that because of his size, he's often played in the post. He's most comfortable as a small forward, however, but has range to kick outside.

"You can never bring too much scoring to a college," Jenkins said when asked what he'll bring to CU. "One thing I can also bring is my versatility, because I also have the ability to play a two."

With a good shooting touch from the field (especially from 3-point range) and at the free throw line, Jenkins hopes to contribute right away. And, he can't wait to get to Boulder next year.

"I got to play with the guys (at CU) and played really well against them," he said. "I like their offense. I like the coaches. And I like the atmosphere at Colorado – the whole city of Boulder, it was like it was the place to be."

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