Hawks add John Jenkins and Mike Scott in 2012 DraftPosted by Inside Hoops
On Thursday night, the Atlanta Hawks selected Vanderbilt sharpshooter John Jenkins in the first round (23rd overall) and Virginia’s Mike Scott in the second round (43rd selection) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
“John can really shoot, plays hard and is a competitive kid,” said Hawks President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry. “Having a guy out there who can space the floor for our core group will make everything function better when he’s on the court. Mike Scott’s experience, and his ability to score and rebound was a good value where we were picking.”
“We’re very happy John was available at number 23, and we were able to get him,” said Hawks head coach Larry Drew. “He can really come off screens, and needs just a little bit of daylight to get his shot off. He has terrific range, and when you play against guys like that who can shoot the ball, it just gives you another weapon.”
An early-entry candidate, Jenkins led the Southeastern Conference in scoring the last two years, and was named a two-time First Team All-SEC performer. Last season, he averaged 19.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.2 apg (.474 FG%, .439 3FG%, .837 FT%), appearing in 35 games, leading the nation in three-pointers per game (3.83) and earning Third Team AP All-America honors.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Jenkins, who is second on Vanderbilt’s career-list in three-pointers made (306) and third-best in percentage (.438), averaged 19.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.2 apg as a sophomore in 2010-11, finishing second in the SEC in free throw percentage (.894). He put up 20.8 ppg in conference contests. Jenkins started seven of 31 games in his freshman year (2009-10), hitting 11.0 ppg.
Jenkins attended Station Camp High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where he averaged the second-most points (42.3) in Tennessee high school history. John Logan Jenkins III was born March 6, 1991 in Nashville, Tennessee. He will wear uniform number 12.
Scott earned First Team All-ACC honors as a senior at Virginia, averaging 18.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 1.2 apg (.563 FG%, .808 FT%). He ranks third in school history in rebounds (944) and double-doubles (34), finishing 16th in points scored (1,538).
James Michael Scott was born July 16, 1988 in Chesapeake, Virginia, and attended Deep Creek High School. He will wear number 32.