The reigning 2017 Lee Central Coast News All-Area girls basketball MVP is NCAA Division II bound.
Cabrillo’s Erin Jenkins, who guided the Conquistadores to an undefeated Los Padres League campaign while averaging a team-high 16.6 points per game last season, has told The Times that she has verbally committed to Northwest Nazarene University – located in Nampa, Idaho, west of Boise.
“I'm super excited to be able to go to a four-year university. It's always been the goal for me,” Jenkins said via email.
Along with her scoring ability, Jenkins also provided some extra set of hands on the rebounding end for Cabrillo – snatching up an average of 7.1 rebounds per game last season.
Northwest Nazarene University operates as a private Christian liberal arts university. The school was founded in 1913 and has an enrollment of 2,040 students according to the NNU website. Jenkins said she was drawn to more than just the basketball program.
“The academics are awesome. There is an average of 20 kids in a classroom, so you really get that one-on-one time with the professors,” Jenkins said. “The athletics are awesome too. The team is so energetic and happy from what I saw when I visited them. Plus their main gym is huge. I love the atmosphere of the gym.”
The Crusaders compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and went 12-15 overall, plus 10-10 in conference play last season. Jenkins said NNU head coach Steve Steele and assistant Elpidia Allen both recruited her to play in the DII realm. Jenkins adds that the Crusaders play a fierce brand of basketball.
“NNU is a very high-intensity team,” Jenkins said. “If they need to score, they will. They're working on their defense and becoming stronger there. Like us, they push the ball too.
“I'm so excited to go play ball there especially representing Cabrillo. I don't know many girl basketball players who have graduated from Cabrillo who go on to play a sport in college. I'm just happy that I can represent my school.”
Jenkins, who will be entering her senior season this winter, concludes that NNU offered her a full scholarship that will cover tuition, her dorm stay and meal plan. She plans to sign her Letter of Intent to the college on Nov. 8.