Vanderbilt Commodores Star John Jenkins: Could He Be Stephen Curry 2.0?

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 12:  John Jenkins #23 of the Vanderbilt Commodores reacts against the Georgia Bulldogs during the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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I had the privilege of watching Vanderbilt's John Jenkins play basketball in person for the first time on Wednesday night against the Georgia Bulldogs, and I couldn't help but think about how much he seemed like a carbon copy of Stephen Curry

With Gerald Robinson smothering him, Jenkins was held scoreless in the first half. But then he exploded for 21 points in the second half and almost single-handedly brought his Commodores back from a 14-point deficit. 

Should we really be surprised anymore?

Jenkins is one of the nation's most underrated players and really should be in the conversation for SEC Player of the Year at this point. After the 21-point second half outburst against Georgia and his 32-point game against Kentucky just four nights earlier, Jenkins has scored 18 or more points in each of his last 12 games. 

In fact, he's averaging 19.8 points per game thus far in the 2010-2011 season. Only 25 players in the entire country are scoring more than Jenkins is, and none of them are from the SEC. 

So, now that we've established that Jenkins is a pretty good scorer, how does he compare to Curry?

Well, first of all, there is a slight facial resemblance. It might be a stretch, but they appear similar enough that I can't help but see a bit of Steph in Jenkins.

Their games, though, are even more similar than that. 

Jenkins is an absolutely deadly shooter, especially from downtown. After shooting 48.3 percent from behind the three-point line during his freshman season, Jenkins has proved that there was no fluke by drilling 42.1 percent of his long-range shots this year.

And don't think that his average is superficially boosted by a dearth of attempts. 

The shooting guard does in fact shoot a lot. He's made five or more deep balls in seven games this season, and has failed to make at least one three-pointer in just two contests.

The form with which he shoots the basketball is impeccable. He has a very consistent release that is lightning-fast.

In fact, his form is eerily reminiscent of Curry's. 

The way he gets shots off is similar, as well. Jenkins loves to run around the court and use screens to get open. He can indeed create for himself off the dribble, but he loves to use the big bodies in the paint to get open.

Remind you of a certain former Davidson player?

Since Curry has taken the NBA by storm with his scoring ability, this is, undoubtedly, a favorable comparison.

It may be a bit premature, since Jenkins hasn't even played a full season at his current pace, but watch a Vanderbilt game—I guarantee that you'll see the similarity, too. 

Jenkins may never develop the point guard skills that Curry has in the last few years, but he doesn't really need to. As a slightly taller player, Jenkins will have the benefit of actually playing shooting guard when he makes the jump to the NBA. He plays defense marginally better than Curry did in college, so that will be yet another advantage. 

But when it comes to their playing styles and shooting, there is no more apt comparison for Jenkins than the one with Curry.