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Top 100 forward Kris Jenkins declares for Villanova

On Friday evening, conflicting reports came out that bullish 6-6 forward Kris Jenkins was off the board as the first member of Villanova’s 2013 recruting class. Those reports were slightly pre-mature, though, as Jenkins officially declared for the Villanova Wildcats on Sunday, per multiple reports.

Jenkins, who will likely transition from power forward to wing forward at Villanova, is considered the No. 74 prospect in the 2013 class nationally, in the post-summer player rankings published on Hoopniks.com.

His frame carries around 230 pounds, and he plays a power game with increasing ball skills. Perhaps most importantly for Villanova, he thrives in a team environment and has been a terrific cog on the grassroots circuit for DC Assault, and for one of the best high school squads in the country at Gonzaga (DC).

Jenkins will grind it out with the best of them, and has played well on huge stages in the past. With longtime teammate point guard Nate Britt set for Oak Hill Academy (VA) before playing for the North Carolina Tar Heels, Jenkins will be the featured player for Gonzaga in the nation’s best high school basketball league. After averaging better than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior, Jenkins is set for an off the charts senior high school season.

Villanova’s attention on the recruiting trail will still be focused on the so-called DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia), with shooting guard Josh Hart notable as a top target. Hart plays in the same league as Jenkins, though he was on an opposing AAU team, Team Takeover.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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