Erin Jenkins has a desire to play college basketball just like any other prominent girls basketball star – especially one who earned the Lee Central Coast News All-Area Most Valuable Player honor for 2017.
So the Cabrillo star and three-year varsity letter-winner traveled 860 miles to visit Brigham Young University for an elite camp last week – and ended each day getting some one-on-one time with the Cougar coaches and players.
Jenkins participated in the camp from June 13-15 and showed her skills through shooting, rebounding and in 3-on-3 scrimmages. The incoming CHS senior said her play and hustle captured the attention of longtime Cougars head coach Jeff Judkins.
“Taking to coach Jeff was fun,” Jenkins said. “He said some nice things to me and my dad and he said he likes my hustle. He also asked me my summer schedule, so he could come watch me play some more.”
Judkins has coached at BYU since the 2001 season. Jenkins is currently spending her summer with the San Luis Obispo-based club team 3Ball Academy, which has an upcoming tournament in Oregon during the first week of July – which is the time frame when Judkins and the BYU staff want to come and watch more of Jenkins, the Conquistador forward said.
Jenkins adds she fell in love with the atmosphere at Provo, Utah and the surrounding area.
“I can see myself competing over there,” Jenkins said. “I don’t care where it is, I just want to play college ball. They (BYU) have now noticed me and are in contact with me.”
Jenkins, who averaged 16.6 points per game and a career-high 7.1 rebounds per game for the unbeaten Los Padres League champions last winter, concludes that Fresno State and Long Beach State have also shown interest in her.