EX-NEPTUNE star Sean Jenkins is living every young basketball players dream, and one of his own dreams by playing NCAA Division One basketball with Presbyterian College that play in the Big South Conference in Clinton, South Carolina USA.
Sean left these shores three years ago to play with Spartanburg High School in a small town in South Carolina.
In his junior year he averaged 18 points a game, and also being selected as one of South Carolina all state players.
In his Senior year at the school he improved his scoring average to 28 points a game, while again been picked as a South Carolina player.
With High School finished Jenkins waited for offers of college scholarships to come in.
He got some Division Two offers early in that summer, however, he kept being patient, and worked hard on his game waiting for that all important phone call.
Jenkins is a very humble and grounded young man, and he’s a credit to his mother Angeline Myers and her family.
One of Jenkins greatest strength’s is that he has a incredible basketball IQ, and also has a very high work rate.
When things don’t go smoothly for Jenkins, he doesn’t sulk, you will see him in the gym getting his 1,000 shots up or in the weights room doing his weights program as he continually looks to get better and stronger.
Sean was home for a short break over the Christmas to see his family when he spoke to the Echo about his journey so far and how his offer to play division one basketball came about.
“I was walking home from my High School when my coach called me to tell me that the assistant coach from Presbyterian College wanted to see me work out,” Sean explain’s.
“So, a hour later I was working out without any knowledge in front of two Presbyterian assistant coaches, and they must have liked what they saw because they invited me to scrimmage against the team three days later in front of Head Coach Quinton Ferrell.
"I also played in an ACC tournament with the team in a two week period when Coach Ferrell offered me a scholarship, however, I had also picked up some many other offers in that period, but decided to go with Presbyterian.
“Live in college is very different that being in High School our at home, because your living by yourself without having someone wake you up for school ( Sean says with a smile).
"I have to be in class along with many workouts and training sessions everyday so you grow up very fast.
“We played some of the powerhouses of college basketball so far this year, playing my father's old school Clemson, while also playing Notre Dame and Michigan.
"I came off the bench against those schools which was a great experience for me going forward, and averaged seven points, two rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes a game.
“I started my first game of the season recently and that gives me the confidence and determination to keep improving as a player for my team.
“The team's record is 3-10 at the moment,however, that means nothing as we will start from O when I go back to the States, and play our first Conference game.
"Conference games determine which team in your League goes through to the NCAA Tournament.
"We have a very young team with five freshmen, but we will be hoping to win our Conference and make it to the NCAA Tournament which would be a amazing achievement.
“My own personal goals are is to do whatever it is necessary for my teammates this year to be successful.
"Coach Ferrell wants me to shoot the ball every time I’m open, even with very little space which its a adjustment to my game.
"I also want to show that I can do more than my role as a shooter, create space for my teammates to score, and improve my overall game.
“When things don’t go my way or when I am tired in practice or in games, I think about my biggest role model, which is my Nan Myers.
"Everything I do is for her, as she was the greatest, and the most inspirational person to me growing up.
"I just think about her and what tough times she went through before she died last year, and its gets me through every day,” Sean concludes.
It’s going to be a roller coaster 2020 for Jenkins as he struts his skills on the hardwood in the States, but it’s one that certainly won’t faze the young man from the Northside of Cork.
He is ready for the challenges that lie ahead and with the support of his mum Angeline and her family in Cork behind him, he is very equipped to succeed on the biggest stage of them all in college basketball.