VCU and new head coach Will Wade landed a huge commitment on Saturday as four-star wing De’Riante Jenkins decided to close things out. The 6-foot-5 Jenkins had cut his list to seven schools earlier in the week and canceled upcoming official visits to Rutgers and Clemson to pledge to the Rams.
Regarded as the No. 61 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Jenkins is a long and athletic wing who is a good passer and he can also handle the ball a bit. Jenkins is the first commitment for VCU in the Class of 2016 and his decision is incredibly important because it shows that the Rams can still pull in top-100 players without Shaka Smart. A nice system fit for VCU, Jenkins should thrive getting up and down the floor for the Rams.
This spring and summer with the Upward Stars in the adidas Gauntlet, Jenkins averaged 16.1 points and 5 rebounds per game in 10 contests. Jenkins shot 49 percent from the field and 79 percent from the free-throw line.
Jonathan Nwankwo, a former Minnesota signee, committed to VCU on Friday night.
The commitment was reported by both Evan Daniels of Scout.com and Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com.
The 6-foot-9 Nwankwo received his release from his National Letter of Intent on May 18. He becomes the second pledge in as many days for new VCU coach Will Wade. On Thursday, former St. John’s commit Samir Doughty picked the Rams.
The two join Gerron Scissum, JuCo transfer Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed and Oral Roberts graduate transfer Korey Billbury (eligible immediately) in VCU’s incoming class.
It’s been an interesting offseason for these two programs. After Shaka Smart left for Texas, VCU signee Jordan Murphy, a three-star small forward, got his release and committed to to the Golden Gophers in mid-May. Three weeks later, the opposite occurs, as the ex-Minnesota pledge lands with the Atlantic 10 program.
Nwankwo is regarded as a three-star prospect by Rivals.
VCU head coach Will Wade has managed to add another piece to his first recruiting class, as on Thursday Philadelphia native Samir Doughty announced his decision to join the Atlantic 10 program. The 6-foot-3 point guard originally signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. John’s, but made the decision to reopen his recruitment in the aftermath of the school changing head coaches.
“I’m extremely proud to announce that I’ve committed to VCU,” Doughty posted via Twitter.
Doughty was granted a release from his NLI in late April, resulting in multiple schools looking to reel him in. In the end it was VCU that did what needed to be done, and he’ll join fellow freshman Gerron Scissum, junior college transfer Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed and grad student Korey Billbury as newcomers to the VCU program.
As a senior at Math Civics & Sciences HS in Philadelphia, Doughty averaged 24.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest.
VCU won’t lack for experience, especially in the perimeter rotation that Doughty will join. Amongst perimeter options Melvin Johnson returns for his senior season, and the Rams also welcome back juniors JeQuan Lewis, Doug Brooks and Jordan Burgess and sophomore Jonathan Williams. Billbury joins the fold as well, making he and Johnson the lone players entering their final season of eligibility on the VCU roster.