Kris Jenkins Announces Return to Villanova: Latest Comments and Reaction

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIMay 3, 2016

CORRECTS IDENTIFICATION OF PLAYER TO PHIL BOOTH AND NOT KRIS JENKINS AS ORIGINALLY SENT - Villanova's Phil Booth high fives fans after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against North Carolina, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston. Villanova won 77-74. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Kris Jenkins doesn't want to leave the Villanova Wildcats just yet.

On Monday, the hero of Villanova's national championship announced he will withdraw his name from the NBA draft and instead return for his senior year:

Jenkins, who averaged 13.6 points per game last year, made the game-winning three-pointer as time expired to give the Wildcats a 77-74 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the national championship game April 4.

Jenkins became not only a trustworthy scoring option for Villanova in its NCAA tournament run but also a lethal three-point shooter down the stretch. He made 17 of the 35 threes he took in the six tournament games.

Despite averaging 15.5 points per game in the NCAA tournament, Jenkins did not crack the top 60 in most mock drafts. Neither DraftExpress nor NBADraft.net had Jenkins going in either round.

Jenkins made his draft intentions known at the same time Villanova guard Josh Hart did. While Hart has yet to change his mind, Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv feels Villanova can cut down the nets again if both commit to coming back:

Villanova head coach Jay Wright got the best out of each player during the Wildcats' title run. A single player didn't carry the team. Jenkins' performance was one of the main reasons why Villanova won the national title for the first time in 31 years.

He can be a good three-point shooter at the next level but needs to improve on his ball-handling and attack of the basket to get first-round consideration. This will turn out to be a good decision by Jenkins.