Throughout its history, and especially over the last few years, the Skyforce franchise has preached the importance of developing “championship habits” to their players, coaches, and front office staff. Recent first-round NBA G League Draft pick Kris Jenkins fits this mold perfectly.
“I think I bring a winning attitude,” said Jenkins. “A competitiveness. A drive to win and make the right play. There’s also a happiness for other players’ success. It’ll come full circle with belief in God, working hard, and doing the right thing. I believe in all of that.”
Jenkins and the Wildcats finished first in the Big EAST and earned NCAA Tournament berths in each of his four seasons, bolstering a 129-17 overall record in that span. Not only did they make the tournament, they earned a No. 1 seed twice, and never dipped below a No. 2 seed in the last four years.
Kris Jenkins knows how to win.
This came to the forefront with 4.7 seconds left in the 2016 NCAA Championship game against the North Carolina Tarheels. Marcus Paige had just hit an acrobatic three-pointer to tie the game at 74. The building was in a frenzy. Things appeared to be heading to overtime as the Wildcats would have to go the length of the floor to get a quality shot off.
Kris Jenkins had other plans.
“It was a great game. It was a great atmosphere, full of fans,” said Jenkins. “The shot was amazing, but more-so just the experience that followed with my teammates, coaches, my family, and the entire Villanova community is probably what means more to me than the shot itself.”