Charles Jenkins: CAA Player of the Week

February 23rd, 2009
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Hempstead, NY (Feb. 23) - Sophomore guard Charles Jenkins (Queens, NY/Springfield Gardens) was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced today by the league office.

Jenkins earned the honor for the second time this season, after also being named CAA Player of the Week on Nov. 17 after the Pride's season-opening trip to the Charleston Classic. Jenkins earned the CAA Rookie of the Week Award four times last year, on the way to CAA Rookie of the Year honors.

Jenkins averaged 22.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 11.0 assists to help the Pride capture a pair of wins last week. He had a 32-point, seven-rebound, 13-assist effort in a 99-96 double-overtime win over James Madison in a pivotal CAA match-up on Wednesday, as the Pride moved into a tie for fourth place in the league standings (the top four teams recieve byes in the opening round of the CAA Tournament).

In addition to his impressive offensive stat line, Jenkins also came up with the defensive play of the game when he stole an inbounds pass with the Pride up by two points in the final minute of the second overtime. He deflected the pass, pulled the ball in, and fed teammate Nathaniel Lester (Brooklyn, NY) for a breakaway lay-up to put Hofstra ahead by four. The assist on the play was his 13th of the day, the highest total for a Pride player since Speedy Claxton also had 13 in a game in the 1997-98 season. The highest total for a Hofstra player this decade had been 12, accomplished by Claxton in a win at Northeastern in 1999-2000 and by Gibran Washington in a win at St. John's in 2003-04.

Jenkins then added 13 points and nine assists as Hofstra extended its winning streak to five games with a 61-56 road win over Fairfield in an ESPN Bracket Busters contest on Saturday. He now averages 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season, making him one of only 10 players in the entire nation averaging at least 18 points, four rebounds and four assists. He also has 957 career points, leaving him 43 shy of joining Antoine Agudio as the only Hofstra players to reach the 1,000-point milestone in their sophomore seasons.

For the week, Hofstra made 53 field goals and Jenkins accounted for 37 of them. He accounted for 24 of 35 baskets against James Madison (11 field goals, 13 assists) and 13 of 18 against Fairfield (four field goals, nine assists).