Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
UNION, N.J. — During the last two years of Dan Hurley’s tenure at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, the Gray Bees lost a total of four games and were continually in position to win a national championship.
Through 11 games this season under first-year coach Roshown McLeod, St. Benedict’s (6-5) has already dropped five contests, including Sunday’s 73-65 loss to St. Patrick, the No. 2 team in the nation, at the Scholarship for Inner City Children Festival at Kean University.
“I think our guys are turning the corner,” McLeod, the former St. Anthony and Duke standout, said after the loss.
While UConn star Kemba Walker has garnered national headlines for his scoring exploits this season, one player who has flown under the radar is Hofstra senior guard Charles Jenkins.
The 6-foot-3 Queens, N.Y. native averaged 25.0 points and 6.3 assists in three Hofstra wins last week, and shared the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week honor with Frank Hassell of Old Dominion.
“He’s a pro,” said George Mason assistant Chris Caputo, whose team watched Jenkins score 32 points on 9 of 13 shooting to go with eight assists in an 87-74 loss Wednesday.