FDU Hoops Stars Dip Into Transfer Portal

By Anthony Covino

Sports Editor

Jahlil Jenkins and Elyjah Williams have entered the transfer portal, according to a tweet from College Basketball Insider Jeff Borzello.

“I put my name in the transfer portal, but I do not know what I am going to do as of now,” Jenkins told The Equinox Monday via text.

The transfer portal is the NCAA’s database of every player who has interest in transferring from his or her current school. All coaches have access to view the list of players in the portal. 

The transfer portal was created by the NCAA for players to manage the transfer process. Ultimately, a player decides whether to transfer or stay at his current school depending on the recruiting interest from the portal.

Jenkins and Williams have completed four years of collegiate play but have earned a fifth year of eligibility after the NCAA gave all student-athletes an extra year due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. They will enter the transfer portal as graduate transfers. 

They both have earned all-star status in memorable careers at FDU. The 2021 season, interrupted by COVID-19, ended last Saturday in a 70-64 loss to Sacred Heart, giving the Knights, preseason picks to win the league, a final record of 9-15, 8-10 NEC.

Jenkins averaged 16.8 points a game this season, and Williams averaged 13.9. Jenkins earned second team All-NEC honors in 2021 while Williams was third-team All-NEC. Both were pre-season all-NEC this year.

Jenkins is No. 4 on FDU’s all-time scoring list with 1,698 points. He holds the record for most field goals attempted with 1,366, and is second in three-pointers attempted with 502, and assists with 477.  He is third on the list in steals with 183 and sixth on the list with 363 free throws made and No. 4 in three-pointers made with 179. 

A 6-0 point guard from Ranson, W. Va., Jenkins has been Coach Greg Herenda’s floor general for the past four years. Jenkins’ ability to create chances not only for himself, but for his teammates, put him as the target of double-teams and even triple-teams. He made everything look so easy, whether it was a layup, three or free throw. 

Williams has 1,050 career points and is No. 29 on the all-time list. He is seventh in blocked shots with 124 and 11th in rebounds with 685 and in steals with 115. Williams is also fifth in fouls with 292.

Jenkins and Williams were pivotal players to FDU’s 2018 NCAA Tournament run where the Knights won their first ever NCAA Tournament game, beating Prairie View A&M, 82-76

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