Nate Britt can handle a basketball better than just about anyone in high school. Kris Jenkins can finish on the block with the best of them. Britt’s court awareness sets him apart, and Jenkins’ combination of size and finesse is very hard to find with high school athletes. Together, these two form one of the most talented and dominating one-two punches in the WCAC, the area and the country. Quite simply, this pair of rising juniors at Gonzaga College High School is special.
After seeing significant minutes as freshmen on a team that lost in the WCAC championship, Britt and Jenkins broke onto the scene as sophomores during the 2010-11 season. Britt, who idolizes former Duke guard and recent number one NBA draft pick Kyrie Irving, cemented himself as one of the area’s top players as his heady point-guard play earned him first team All-Met honors. Jenkins earned second team honors by using his versatility as a 6-foot-5, 250-pound power forward with a three-point game.
After really impressing this summer at camps and with his AAU team D.C. Assault, Britt is ranked amongst the top 30 prospects for the class of 2013 by most major recruiting sites and is the number one point guard in his class according to Scout.com. Jenkins, a three-star recruit according to most rankings, has also attracted the attention of big-time college programs this summer also while playing with DC Assault.
“It feels good to have all these schools want us,” said Britt of all the attention he has been getting. Virtually the entire Big East and ACC have shown significant interest in the duo who have been showcasing their talents for scouts all summer. Britt explained in an interview following a close victory over St. John’s in the Rock Summer League just how hectic his summer basketball schedule has been.
“I won’t be here tomorrow, I go to Milwaukee at eight in the morning, and then I just came back yesterday from team camp. Before that I was at Indiana for the Adidas invitational. It’s Brandon Jennings tournament in Milwaukee and after that I have Vegas, from Vegas we go to Arizona.”
“I get my break in August,” said Jenkins of his non-stop AAU schedule. The pair also plans to take the time off in August to start narrowing down their college decision.
“We’ll start trying to make our decision after July,” continued Jenkins. “After all the AAU events, he has time to talk to his family and I have time to talk to mine.”
While neither has a real idea of which college coach and fan base they will excite with their decision, the pair does have a couple preferences for their college careers.
“An up-tempo, run up and down type offense,” said Britt of what he was looking for in a school. “I really want to stay on the east coast somewhere close to home.”
Jenkins holds a similar view as he explained “somewhere on the east coast, someone that can get out in transition,” when asked about his ideal school. After reading these answers, it is no surprise that when asked if they would like to play together at the next level both responded with a quick “yes.”
Gonzaga basketball fans will forever remember the 2007-2008 season in which Coach Steve Turner and his Eagles went 34-1 en route to winning the WCAC, the City Title, and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament. Gonzaga basketball fans are also eager to forget the past three seasons in which the Eagles have fallen to arch rival DeMatha in the WCAC Final. Appropriately, “championships” is how Jenkins described his goals for the rest of his Gonzaga career.
Britt agreed when asked about his aspirations for his final two years at Gonzaga. “The WCAC has a lot of good players. Everybody is good, you never know who is going to be in the championship.”
“We just got to show up and play every game every night not taking anyone for granted,” added Jenkins.
Both know their goal of obtaining WCAC supremacy will be that much harder with the departure of their close friend D.J. Fenner, who is moving back to Seattle after spending his sophomore season at Gonzaga.
“It will be an adjustment we will have to make , but we’ve been making it all summer,” Britt said.
Jenkins added, “It is just something we’ll have to get used to. He’s a big body, a good player, so losing him definitely hurts, but we got to keep going. At the end of the day, we’re just going to continue to get better.”