The Atlanta Hawks announced today that they have signed rookie guard John Jenkins.  Jenkins was selected 23rd overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Hawks.  The 21-year-old averaged 16.9 points per game in his three-year career with the Vanderbilt University Commodores.  In his junior and final season with the Commodores, he shot 43.9% from beyond the three-point arc, good for best in the NCAA.  Jenkins' slot in the draft has a rookie scale amount just over $1 million.  The Hawks can sign him to a contract up to 120% of the rookie scale amount.  They are expected to have signed him to the full 120% that is allowed, and therefore, his contract will most likely be worth just over $1.2 million in his rookie season.  First round picks do not have to wait until July 11 to be signed, as with all other NBA transactions, and therefore Jenkins' signing can become official immediately.  I think this was a great move by the Hawks.  Jenkins is a deadly shooter from outside, and with Joe Johnson gone, the Hawks had a gap to fill at the shooting guard position.  Look for Jenkins to be either the Hawks' starting two-guard or the sixth man playing the backup role to Anthony Morrow.  If I were Coach Larry Drew, I would begin the season starting Morrow, and if Jenkins was playing well off the bench by the midway point, I would move him into the starting lineup.  I am happy to have Jenkins on the team, and I wish him luck in his future in Atlanta.
John Jenkins shooting and Vandy