Columbus, OH – Former St. Bonaventure University guard Jessica Jenkins will begin her professional basketball career in the top Icelandic league, Premier Dominos, with the Keflavik club of Keflavik, Iceland.
Her agent, Matthew C. Krejci, of MK Sports and Entertainment LLC (Columbus, OH) said the deal was signed Monday and Jenkins is ready to showcase her long-range shooting prowess overseas.
"I'm looking forward to being able to continue playing basketball" Jenkins said. "I know this new level will bring challenges but I have been working hard all summer for this opportunity and I know that the last four years at St. Bonaventure have prepared me to the fullest."
Sigurour Ingimundarson, the Keflavik coach and the most successful coach in Icelandic history, said he and the club look at Jenkins as a great acquisition and he is looking forward to the season with Jenkins on board, "We are very excited to get this sharp shooter on our young Keflavik team. We have high hopes for her and believe she can be the last piece in the puzzle to bring all the titles back to Keflavik where they truly belong!"
"We are thrilled for Jess and know that she will work very hard to find success" said Jenkins' former head coach Jim Crowley. "Jess is a special player and I am sure she will show that in the professional game."
Jenkins earned First Team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Academic Team honors after averaging 13.9 points per game this past season. She led the Bonnies to the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and was a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award. She was named A-10 and National Player of the Week Jan. 23, 2012. Jenkins also went on to compete in the State Farm Three-Point Contest. For her career Jenkins scored 1,441 points ranking her 7th in program history.
The Marion, OH native dropped 338, 3-pointers in her career. That number ranks her tops in program and Atlantic 10 histories as well as tied for 11th in NCAA history. She knocked down five or more 3-pointers in a game 25 times in her career, including a career best and record nine made 3-pointers Feb. 26, 2011 in the Reilly Center against Charlotte.
Another relatively unknown statistic about Jenkins is that she decreased the percentage of her total points which came from behind the 3-point line every year, while simultaneously increasing her scoring average and 3-pointers made each season.