The thought of playing college basketball didn’t occur to Justin Jenkins until his sophomore year of high school.
But without any college offers to speak of through his junior season at Wings Academy, Jenkins had doubts.
Those worries quickly dissipated during his senior year, when he finally cracked the starting lineup and raised his profile. That’s when the offers started to come in.
On Monday, Jenkins verbally committed to Fairfield, ending one of the more unique college recruitments for a city standout.
Jenkins, who also strongly considered Florida Atlantic, said he will be the first from his family to attend college when he heads off to the MAAC school in the fall.
“There was a time when I was a little worried, about not getting a scholarship,” said Jenkins, who will be teammates at Fairfield with Cardinal Hayes power forward Amadou Sidibe. “But I always remained confident that it would happen.”
Jenkins, a 6-2 guard, led Wings to the PSAL Class AA semifinals after averaging 17 points and seven assists in the regular season.
“It just took a little while,” Jenkins said of his recruiting process. “But I’m happy with my choice and it’s an exciting time in my life right now.”