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Will the NBA come calling for Jenkins?

Hofstra University guard Charles Jenkins reacts after his

Hofstra University guard Charles Jenkins reacts after his team's 87-74 win over George Mason, Wednesday. (Jan. 5, 2011) Photo Credit: James Escher

Charles Jenkins has become a major force in college basketball.

He's close to dismantling every scoring record on the books for Hofstra (10-5, 4-0 CAA). But what are NBA general managers and scouts saying about the former Springfield Gardens high school standout? 

One Eastern Conference scout believes Jenkins has a chance to be on an NBA roster next season.

"I like him," said the scout. "He's a combo guard, so he definitely has a chance."

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was on hand to watch Jenkins lead Hofstra to a 76-67 win over Northeastern on Saturday.

Jenkins lived up to the hype again with 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting and seven assists.

Standing only 6-3, however, there are questions as to whether Jenkins, who's averaging 24.1 points and 4.4 assists, can play shooting guard.

One thing working in his favor is his body type. At 220 pounds, he's a physical specimen and has the ability to bully guards and get into the paint. He's also displayed a great ability to distribute the ball.

Jenkins has had five or more assists in a game nine times this season, including a 32-point, 8-assist effort in a win over CAA rival George Mason on Wednesday night. He's also a 50-percent three-point shooter.

"For a guy his size, he's has great touch and body control," the scout added. "And he's an experienced four-year player."

Hofstra's success could play a big role in where Jenkins lands next year. The Pride is off to a great start and is the only team still undefeated in the CAA. A run to the NCAA Tournament or even the NIT will certainly help Jenkins' cause.

Hofstra has seen a lot of quality guards over the years, including Speedy Claxton, Norman Richardson, Loren Stokes and Antoine Aguido. Outside of Claxton and Richardson, none have made a splash in the NBA.

So what makes Jenkins different from those guards? The fact that he's had to carry the Pride alone is the biggest difference. Claxton played with Richardson, while Stokes and Aguido played together for three years.

Jenkins doesn't have another star player to feed off.

It remains to be seen how much that will help his stock. 

It certainly can't hurt it.


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