By Drew Packham, NBA.com
LAS VEGAS — Atlanta coach Larry Drew calls John Jenkins a “coach’s dream.”
Based on the rookie’s NBA debut Friday, it’s easy to see why.
Jenkins, the Hawks’ first-round pick (23rd overall), scored 19 points to help the Hawks to a 102-82 rout of the Wizards in the first game of Summer League action in Las Vegas.
“I felt really good,” Jenkins said. “I’ve been working my whole life for this, and to be out there felt really good. It was very exciting.”
Jenkins, who led the SEC in scoring two straight seasons at Vanderbilt before leaving after his junior season, was 4-for-7 from three-point land (7-for-13 overall), showing off a quick release that left Drew raving.
“When he comes off that screen, all he needs is a little room to get it off,” Drew said. “He can get it off with the best of them.”