John Logan Jenkins III (born March 6, 1991) [2] is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Jenkins was a two-time TSSAA Class AA Mr. Basketball selection, and was the Gatorade Tennessee High School Player of the Year in 2008–09. [3] He played college basketball at Vanderbilt University.

High school career

As a senior at Station Camp High School, Jenkins was the nation's leading scorer for high schoolers, averaging 42.3 points per game, finishing second on the state's single-season list behind Ronnie Schmitz, who averaged 44.2 points at Ridgeway High School in 1988–89. [4]

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Jenkins was listed as the No. 6 shooting guard and the No. 15 player in the nation in 2009. [5]

College career

One of the nation's top shooters, Jenkins shot 48.3% (72-149) from three in his freshman season at Vanderbilt, 40.8% (100-245) as a sophomore, and 43.9% (134-305) from beyond-the-arc as a junior. As a sophomore, he led the Southeastern Conference in scoring (19.5) and in 3-point field goals made per game (3.1) and finished second in free throw percentage (.894) [4] and was picked to the Fifth Team All-America by Fox Sports. [7] As a junior, he averaged 19.9 points per game, leading the SEC for the second consecutive season (the first time since LSU's Ronnie Henderson did it in 1995–96). He also tied an SEC single-season record for threes made in a season with 134. He led the nation in three-pointers made per game (3.9) and was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. [4]

On April 9, 2012, Jenkins announced that he would forgo his final year of eligibility at Vanderbilt to enter the 2012 NBA draft. [8]

College statistics

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Vanderbilt 31 7 23.1 .470 .483 .800 2.2 1.0 .5 .2 11.0
2010–11 Vanderbilt 32 32 34.5 .462 .408 .894 3.0 1.2 .8 .3 19.5
2011–12 Vanderbilt 35 35 33.6 .474 .439 .837 2.9 1.2 .8 .3 19.9
Career 98 74 30.6 .468 .438 .856 2.7 1.1 .7 .3 16.9

Professional career

Atlanta Hawks (2012–2015)

Jenkins was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. [9] On July 10, 2012, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Hawks [10] and joined them for the 2012 NBA Summer League. [11] On December 1, 2012, he was assigned to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. [2] On December 5, 2012, he was recalled by the Hawks. [2]

In July 2013, Jenkins re-joined the Hawks for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On October 31, 2013, the Hawks exercised their third-year team option on Jenkins' rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2014–15 season. [2] On December 6, 2013, he was reassigned to the Bakersfield Jam. [2] On December 13, he was recalled by the Hawks. [2] Shortly after being recalled, Jenkins was deactivated due to lower back pain. [2] On February 3, 2014, the Hawks announced Jenkins underwent successful surgery on his back and subsequently missed the rest of the 2013–14 season. [2]

In July 2014, Jenkins re-joined the Hawks for the 2014 NBA Summer League. On October 30, 2014, the Hawks declined to exercise Jenkins' four-year team option and thus allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2015. [2] On November 28, 2014, he was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. [2] On December 30, 2014, using the flexible assignment rule, the Hawks assigned Jenkins to the Idaho Stampede, the affiliate of the Utah Jazz. [2] On January 20, 2015, he was recalled by the Hawks. [3]

Dallas Mavericks (2015–2016)

On July 24, 2015, Jenkins signed with the Dallas Mavericks. [3] On October 29, in just his second game for the Mavericks, Jenkins recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists as a starter in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. [3] On February 22, 2016, he was waived by the Mavericks. [3]

Phoenix Suns (2016–present)

On February 24, 2016, Jenkins was claimed off waivers by signing a three-year deal with the Phoenix Suns. [3] He made his debut for the Suns the following day, scoring two points in four minutes off the bench against the Brooklyn Nets. [3]

NBA career statistics

Legend
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Atlanta 61 2 14.8 .446 .384 .843 1.5 .9 .2 .2 6.1
2013–14 Atlanta 13 0 12.2 .381 .222 1.000 1.7 .8 .1 .1 3.1
2014–15 Atlanta 24 3 12.4 .495 .404 .842 1.6 .5 .4 .0 5.6
2015–16 Dallas 21 1 9.2 .414 .158 .889 1.0 .4 .1 .0 3.3
Career 119 6 13.0 .446 .357 .853 1.6 .7 .2 .1 5.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Atlanta 4 0 6.0 .000 .000 .000 .5 .8 .0 .0 .0
2015 Atlanta 4 0 5.3 .667 .500 .000 .8 .0 .0 .0 2.5
Career 8 0 5.6 .444 .400 .000 .6 .8 .4 .0 1.3

Awards and honors

  • Tennessee Mr. Basketball (2008–2009)
  • Third-team Parade All-American (2009)
  • Reebok All-American (2009)
  • Named to the SEC All-Freshman team and Sixth Man of the Year by the league's coaches in 2009–10
  • First-team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches and media in 2010–11 and in 2011–12
  • Associated Press third-team All-American in 2011–12

Personal life

He is the son of John Jenkins Jr. and Melodye Jenkins and has a sister, Adrianne. He majored in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Religious Studies. [4]