Broward’s Men’s Basketball commits three players to Division I programs

Noel Cabrera

Editor in Chief

Broward College Men’s Basketball team recently announced the commitments of three sophomores that will go on to play at Division 1 collegiate programs. Guard Darien Jenkins committed to Texas State, forward DeAndre Pinckney committed to Southern Miss, and forward/center Jongkor Ajongo committed to Chicago State.

These three players played a huge role in the Seahawks success during the journey through this 2019-20 season.

Jenkins was selected All State and All Region basketball player this past season. Jenkins was averaging 16.5 points per game and was shooting over 50 percent from the field at 53 percent.

Jenkins had two games in which he scored over 30 points, first against Game Changers Academy with 32 and then against Miami Dade College with 30. While consistency having multiple games scoring at least 20 points.

Jenkins, originally born in New York, will take his talents to Texas State to play for Coach Danny Kasper. Texas Sate is in the Sun Belt conference and finished last season at 21-11. Coach Kasper got himself a legitimate scorer and facilitator on the court.

Local native DeAndre Picnkney looks to take his talents some hours north to Southern Miss. Pinckney was the Seahawks number one option on the court coming into the 2019-20 season but unfortunately suffered a season ending injury mid-way through the season.

Pinckney standing at 6’8 is an efficient forward that can produce on both ends of the court. Before the injury he was averaging over 16 points and 8 rebounds and the season before averaged over 19 points and 9 rebounds. Was also ranked 11th in the nation at field goal percentage at 68.4 percent this past season.

Pinckney was getting much attention from all over the country by many Division I schools, some such as Virginia Tech, St. Johns, SMU, and Rutgers. With all these options and more available for this top recruit, the right decision seem to be Southern Miss, to play for first season Coach Jay Ladler.

When asked by The Observer, who or what was the most influential aspect in making the decision? Pinckney responded with, “Coach Anderson and my uncle.”

Southern Miss look to add a tremendous weapon to their team with this signing.

Forward/center Jongkor Ajongo is taking his talents up north to the windy city to play for Chicago State and Coach Lance Irvin. Originally from South Sudan and standing at 6’9.

Ajongo played a huge role in the paint for the Seahawks dominating on the boards getting rebounds and helping facilitate for his teammates. Averaged over 50 percent from the field and over 6 rebounds a game. That average for rebounds does not Ajongo’s true ability as he finished the last two games of the season with a total of 28 rebounds.

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BC Mens Basketball Sophomore Night/ Photo courtesy of BC Athletics Department

 

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