As first reported by Brett Hein, Utah transfer David Jenkins Jr. was unofficially visiting Purdue on Monday afternoon as the 6-foot-2 guard searches for his fourth collegiate program in six seasons of Division I basketball.
Most recently, Jenkins averaged 8.5 PPG and 1.7 RPG with the Utes as he made 10 starts in 31 appearances with the Pac-12 squad. However, Jenkins’ best season came in 2018-19 with South Dakota State where he managed 19.7 PPG and 3.4 RPG earning All-Summit honors. This was followed by his redshirt junior season, teaming up again with head coach TJ Otzelberger for UNLV where Jenkins averaged 14.8 PPG and 2.4 RPG as a 2020-21 All-MWC selection.
Purdue currently has 10 out of 13 scholarship spots filled on their roster, making the Boilermakers a more than viable candidate to sweep up Jenkins despite also having received interest from Weber State, Drake, and several high-major teams.
No doubt Purdue head coach Matt Pinter wants to add some scoring to his offense and Jenkins should be able to provide it effectively as a role player, having shot 40% from three or better in his past two seasons. His play style suits the big men of Purdue well as Jenkins can be a spot-up shooter from three that teammates kick out too but is also capable of taking players one-on-one and isn’t afraid to make a move and drive or shoot the three in a defender’s face.
While there are no suggestions on when Jenkins will announce his commitment if he wants to be an important role player as a graduate transfer for a power-5 program, Purdue certainly seems like the ideal spot.