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David Jenkins transfer: Gonzaga makes final list

The Zags are one of seven schools the South Dakota State is looking at.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-South Dakota State vs Ohio State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are one of seven schools South Dakota State transfer David Jenkins Jr. is looking at. Jenkins would sit one year and have two years of eligibility remaining.

Jenkins was the second-leading scorer on the Jackrabbits last season (to Mike Daum of course), and is an elite level scorer and shooter. Last season, he averaged nearly eight three point attempts per game, hitting nearly half of them.

If you are confused why Jenkins is listing South Dakota State, the school he is transferring from, as one of his possible destinations, let me explain. SDSU coach T.J. Otzelberger took the job at UNLV this offseason, and the school granted Jenkins his release.

Theoretically, that would put UNLV at the top of the heap, but don’t discount the allure of Gonzaga. Jenkins hails from Tacoma, Washington, and a trip over the Cascades isn’t too far from home.

The Zags have also established the Olynyk Clinic as the NCAA’s best way to spend a year not playing with the basketball team. At the moment, it is hard to envision what the Gonzaga lineup will look like at the start of 2020. Zach Norvell might be headed for the NBA by then, and he might not. Corey Kispert will be the old man on the porch, with Brock Ravet and 2020 recruit Dominick Harris ready to play some minutes.

Adding a shooter of Jenkins caliber, although it doesn’t help add any senior experience to next year’s team, is a true benefit for the future.