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

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2009–10Vanderbilt31723.1.470.483.8002.21.0.5.211.0
2010–11Vanderbilt323234.5.462.408.8943.01.2.8.319.5
2011–12Vanderbilt353533.6.474.439.8372.91.2.8.319.9
Career 987430.6.468.438.8562.71.1.7.316.9

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
  GPGames 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

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2012–13Atlanta61214.8.446.384.8431.5.9.2.26.1
2013–14Atlanta13012.2.381.2221.0001.7.8.1.13.1
2014–15Atlanta24312.4.495.404.8421.6.5.4.05.6
2015–16Dallas2119.2.414.158.8891.0.4.1.03.3
Career 119613.0.446.357.8531.6.7.2.15.6

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2013Atlanta406.0.000.000.000.5.8.0.0.0
2015Atlanta405.3.667.500.000.8.0.0.02.5
Career 805.6.444.400.000.6.8.4.01.3

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]