Former Winthrop men’s basketball player Michael Jenkins is on the Brooklyn Nets’ NBA Summer League roster, which begins play Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and runs for about a week.
Jenkins played at Winthrop from 2004 to 2008, going to four NCAA tournaments under Gregg Marshall and Randy Peele. Jenkins went undrafted by the NBA in 2008, and played a season with Albany’s CBA team, before taking off for Europe. He’s suited up for teams in Montenegro, Germany, Belgium and Italy since, soaking up an unforgettable experience, complete with late paychecks, beautiful scenery and high-level hooping.
Jenkins averaged 10.3 points per game for Pallacanestro Cantu last season, but is currently a free agent. At 27 years old, Jenkins’ NBA dream is not yet fully extinguished, though there is a high possibility this is his last chance of becoming Winthrop’s first ever NBA player. The Kinston, N.C., native spoke with Herald sportswriter Bret McCormick on Thursday morning.