Jabez Jenkins joined the list of Newton boys basketball players signing to play at the next level. On Thursday, Jenkins signed his NLI to play basketball at Belmont University.
The senior signed on the stage in front of family, friends and teammates. Prior to the signing, head coach Barry Browner and Newton principal Shannon Buff spoke about what kind of player and person Jenkins is.
For Jenkins, the moment was something he has dreamt of for almost his entire life.
“It feels good [to sign],” Jenkins said. “I have been anticipating finally signing to a division 1 college ever since I was little so it definitely feels great.”
During his visits to Belmont, Jenkins spent time talking with Bruins’ players and coaches. These talks are what ultimately led Jenkins to making his decision.
“[It was] just being there around the campus and the coaching staff and talking with the players,” Jenkins said. “Everything felt like a big family and I felt I could get the right development there to get to the next level which is the NBA.”
Another draw for Jenkins was the style of basketball that the Bruins play under head coach Casey Alexander.
“I learned that they like to shoot the ball and get out in transition, [which are] two things I love to do,” Jenkins said. “Playing fast and hard to win games is something I look forward to.”
As he gears up for his season, Jenkins is seen as a “senior lead” in the eyes of Browner. 2023 marks the fourth year that Jenkins has been part of the Rams’ basketball program.
With a senior year left to play, Jenkins knows what kind of player that the Bruins will get when Jenkins makes the trip to Nashville.
“Belmont will be getting a leader, someone who is going to come into the program and maybe not be the best on the floor, but someone who is going to push everyone and make everyone better,” Jenkins said. “[I am going] to help win games any way I possibly can.”