BROOKINGS, S.D. (gojacks.com) - CBS Sports and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association have named South Dakota State's David Jenkins Jr. as the National Freshman of the Week, announced Tuesday on CBSSports.com.
Jenkins averaged 23 points, four 3-pointers, four rebounds and 1.5 steals per game last week, shooting 47.2 percent from the field with an 8-for-17 effort from long range.
He made the most of his first career start against North Dakota on Dec. 12, playing 29 minutes with 15 points and a career-high seven rebounds in a 99-63 Jackrabbit victory.
The 6-2 guard continued his hot play against Colorado last Friday, breaking the school's Division I freshman single-game scoring mark with 31 while burying seven 3-pointers, tied for fourth-most in a Division I game at SDSU. He teamed with Mike Daum to become the first duo in the school's Division I history to each have 30 or more points in the same game.
The Tacoma, Washington native is off to a stellar start in his rookie campaign, leading the team with 38 3-pointers while putting up 15.0 points per contest. Jenkins has reaching double figures in 11 games this year and has four games with 20 or more while ranking seventh among all Division I freshmen this season in total points. He is on pace to challenge the school's freshman scoring record of 518, set by Daum in 2015-16. Daum had 162 points through 14 games compared Jenkins' 210.