A major question hovering over St. John’s was put to rest on Tuesday evening when Daniss Jenkins was academically cleared to play in the 2023-24 season, according to Rick Pitino in a report by Jon Rothstein.
Daniss Jenkins has been academically cleared to play the upcoming season at St. John's as a graduate transfer, per Rick Pitino.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 5, 2023
Jenkins played for Pitino last season at Iona and averaged 15.6 PPG, 4.9 APG, and 4.4 RPG.
Earlier this year, the NCAA implemented a new ruling that limits waivers for two-time undergraduate transfers. Unless a player has suffered an injury or is dealing with a mental health condition, a two-time transfer will likely have to sit out for one season. Jenkins previously played at Pacific and Iona, meaning he needed to fulfill his required academic credits at Iona during the summer to graduate and become eligible for the 2023-24 season.
In 35 starts for Iona last season, Jenkins averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game. He also saw drastic improvements in three-point shooting percentage, going from 23.3 percent to a very respectable 36.1 percent. This spring, Jenkins was one of the four Iona transfers to join Rick Pitino in Queens for the 2023-24 season (Cruz Davis, Sadiku Ibine Ayo, and Quinn Slazinski). Slazinski quickly transferred to West Virginia in late July after Chris Ledlum’s move to St. John’s.
Jenkins’s immediate eligibility means Rick Pitino will have a great problem on his hands as he’ll have to decipher which two guards will start among Daniss Jenkins, Jordan Dingle, and top-50 freshman Simeon Wilcher.