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Jenkins heaps praise on Lobo newcomers

UNM’s smiling KJ Jenkins, left, works with Avery Gonzales on her dribbling technique during the Richard Pitino Basketball Camp Tuesday at the Davalos Center and the Pit. (Chancey Bush/Journal)

K.J. Jenkins, one of three co-captains on last season’s University of New Mexico men’s basketball team as voted on by teammates, is a bit of a no-nonsense guy when it comes to putting in the work in the weight room and on the practice court.

So what does the senior leader think after a month of work from his new teammates?

On the four new freshmen (Donovan Dent, Quinton Webb, Braden Appelhans and walk-on Mac Manzanares): “I see the talent that these new guys have. When I was a freshman, I didn’t really have so much as a player leader, you know? Not letting me cut corners and stuff. So I want to be that guy that won’t let them miss reps or even step out of bounds in practice and stuff like that. …

“(They’re) all hard workers and they’re all willing to get better and want to win.”

And on the two new transfers – Morris Udeze and Josiah Allick – who immediately are arguably the two strongest players on the team: “They’re big fellas, huh? All I can say is I do not want to get hit with screens in practice. I’m not looking forward to that.”

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