I watched much of the DeMatha game, particularly the second half. Jenkins had a rare off-game. That may actually be good for us since it was on ESPN and he really didn't look that great (may mean some of the big schools will back off).
Game was relatively close at half time (or would have been but for 5 straight Gonzaga misses frmo the line right before the half), but in the second half, DeMatha completely blew them out. Gonzaga couldn't make a layup, was fumbling it out of bounds, and DeMatha was basically having a dunk fest at the other end. Just one of those games that snowballed.
Jenkins shot something like 2-11 from the field or thereabouts. He did hit a bunch of FTs and looked great shooting them. But DeMatha didn't give him room for jumpers, and inside Jenkins had a very difficult time making baskets over two taller, bigger defenders (BeeJay Anya and another guy whose name I forget, but who is going to Syracuse). The lack of hops definitely hurt him against these defenders, but then again it's just one game and he hit 6 treys the last time DeMatha played Gonzaga so like i said, if the bigger programs outside of DC were watching this game closely and don't get to see him all the time, it could be good for us that his off-game came on TV. in fact, don't be surprised if ESPN rates him lower next time they put out ratings (announcer kept saying he needs space to be able to score).
As for other players on the court:
- Nate Britt looked every bit the North Carolina PG. He is a true PG who looked fast and in control and threw some great passes. On a UNC team of HS all-stars, he is going to have some sick assits.
- James Robinson is the DeMatha guard going to Pitt next year. He is big and strong and looked really good... until he got ejected early in the 3rd quarter for his second technical foul. The first was when he got in someone's face after a made basket, the guy shoved him , and they called a double technical. The 2nd was when someone on a dead ball gave Robinson the ball kind of hard and he threw it in the guy's back as the Gonzaga player walked away. Good player, but was either over-amped for ESPN or is just a hot head.
- BeeJay Anya. I know we've been linked to him. He is big and strong and athletic. He's not too tall (probably not more than 6'8" but he's thick and athletic). He didn't do much more than dunk and blocked shots.. but he did those things a lot. I don't know how his game would translate. He probably would be better off at a place like GW (or a lower-level BCS like a Providence) rather than have to compete for playing time with more skilled big, but still athletic, big men. he seemed raw but could be a force.
- The guy going to Syracuse (Johnson?). Long, athletic, energetic player. Will fit it in perfectly with what they've been recruiting lately.
There were some other D1 players in the game, too, but I can't rmemeber them off hand.