David Jenkins Decides to Leave SDSU

The South Dakota State is about to suffer a tremendous loss. Namely, the second-leading Jackrabbits player has initiated a transfer.


T.J. Otzelberger is not the only one to leave SDSU — there is yet another state transfer to UNLV. The one to follow Otzelberger’s transfer to Las Vegas is David Jenkins himself.

On Saturday evening, Jenkins announced via his Twitter account that he would become a member of the UNLV team. This means he is leaving South Dakota State Jackrabbits after a recruitment process that lasted more than one month. There, he will meet the coach, T.J. Otzelberger, who used to train Jackrabbits and was hired back in March. However, according to the NCAA transfer rules, Jenkins will have to miss the current 2019/2020 season. Afterward, he will get two years of eligibility.

University Success

Originally from Tacoma, Washington, David Jenkins achieved terrific results this year. He became the second-best scorer following Mike Daum, his teammate in the Summit League. In as many as 32 games, he averaged 19.7 points, beating even 112 3-pointers during a .453 clip. All this followed his participation in the NCAA Tournament with the SDSU during his first year at the university, where he scored 16.1 points. He was thus proclaimed as the Summit League freshman of that year.

Shortly after coach Otzelberger’s departure to train the Runnin’ Rebels, Jenkins began the transfer portal. Initially, he restricted his choice to several teams: UNLV, Washington State, Gonzaga, Oregon, Memphis, UCLA, or to come back to South Dakota State. However, his relationship with coach Otzelberger eventually prevailed, as the coach drafted Jenkins while he worked in Washington as an assistant.


With David Jenkins’s leave, the Jackrabbits will be deprived of as many as 2,318 from the total of 2,789 points they managed to earn in the previous year. The leading causes are the graduations of certain exquisite players, such as Mike Daum, Tevin King, and Skyler Flatten, as well as David Jenkins’ and Ryan Krueger’s transfers.

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