By CODY WORSHAM | Tiger Rag Editor
A second transfer is leaving LSU’s backcourt.
Senior-to-be guard Branden Jenkins told NOLA.com/The Times Picayune on Tuesday he was transferring from LSU. A source confirmed to Tiger Rag that Jenkins had already informed his teammates of the decision.
“I just want to say I appreciate the opportunity given to me by David Patrick and Coach Johnny Jones,” Jenkins told The Times-Picayune in a message. “They believed in me and still do so I appreciate it a lot and Coach Wade for supporting me and caring the way he does. He’s a great guy.”
Jenkins was limited in his only season in Baton Rouge by a knee injury, missing the first 13 games of 2016-17 after undergoing a preseason procedure. When he returned, he never quite played at 100 percent, averaging just 1.3 points per game on 20 percent shooting from the field.
A junior college transfer from Lee College, Jenkins joined the program last season alongside fellow Lee transfer Duop Reath. He was expected to compete for starting minutes at the 1 or 2, providing a defensive-minded approach alongside athletic slashing abilities.
Jenkins joins Kieran Hayward as transfers since Will Wade’s arrival. The Tigers are now at 12 scholarships heading into the summer, one short of the NCAA-mandated limit of 13. They are still in the market for graduate transfers Brandon Alston (Lehigh) and Mark Alstork (Wright State).