Guard Miranda Jenkins(Eastern Guilford) has committed to Stony Brook[Long Island, N.Y.]

Posted by Andy Durham on October 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm under College, High School | 10 Comments to Read

On October 13th, Miranda Jenkins of Eastern Guilford Senior High Basketball Team
made her decision to attend Stony Brook University of the American East
Conference up in Long Island, New York which is ranked number 14th out of 33
Division I conferences after an official visit in September. She made the
decision after carefully considering what she was looking for in a University
and what she could also offer as far as a student-athlete. The primary things
that were important to her were Academics (Stony Brook is one of the top
academic schools in America). Her major is Theater Arts and Film production,
along with Business. She likes the fact that New York is the media capitol of
the world and it would allow her to exhibit and work on her talent off the
court. Secondly, she like the environment of the school, in that it has a great
deal of diversity and state of the art facilities. Thirdly, she loved the
inner-reaction with the players whom she got a chance to spend a great deal of
time with and got to participate in some pick up games. (All of them have been
staying in contact with her since she has returned to North Carolina). Fourthly,
she liked the way the coaches have been recruiting her. Head Coach Michelle
Cherry use to coach in the WNBA with such notables as All American Clarissa
Davis and Yolanda Griffin. Asssociate Head Coach Evelyn Thompson was recruiting
her when she was at Michigan State of the Big Ten and encouraged Coach Cherry to
send someone down to watch Miranda during this past Christmas Tournament at
Eastern Guilford. Assistant Coach Emily Hardy came down and evaluated and went
away feeling what coach Thompson had been feeling concerning her overall playing
skills. The coaches attended all the AAU events such as the Deep South Showcase
in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Head Coach Cherry attended every game at the
Battle of Boro in Murferesboro, Tennessee this past July. After the
tournaments were concluded , Coach Cherry and all her assistants made the
decision that Miranda was their number #1 guard prospect that they wanted. The
size of the school, name and distance was never a consideration in her final
Miranda has been a three year starter since the 16th game of her freshmen
year for Coach Tina Gunn. During that time she has been an All Conference Player
for three consecutive years and was runner up Player of the Year to Elons Elisha
Harriston in 2008-2009 season her sophomore year. She made both Honorable
mention All News and Records and Burlington Times teams in 2008 after averaging
16.4 ppg, 6 rpg, 5.4 apg, 2.4 spg, 1.8 bpg and helping to lead her team to a
conference title and advancement to the Sectional Championship game. In the
2007-2008 her freshmen season when Fayetteville State signee Capricia Smalls
went down with a knee injury, she became the starter and help Eastern to advance
to the Sectional championship game by averaging 26.3 ppg, 8 apg, 7.6 rpg, 2.66
spg, 5 bpg including a career high of 33 points in a double overtime win against
Goldsboro and 27 points upset win against North Carolina State commit LaKeesa
Daniels of Northwest Halifax who was a junior at the time.
This past season she reached her 1000th career points and was a part of a
team that went 24-4 ranked #9 in the state and was the only team in Guilford
county to go 13-0 in their respective conferences. She enters her senior season
as the most productive guard in the area 1182 points, 442 rebounds, 457 assists,
223 steals, 163 blocks. Her 26.3 ppg, 8 apg, 7.6 rpg, 2.66 spg, 5 bpg during
the playoffs of her freshmen year still ranks as one of the States best
performances as Eastern advanced to the Sectional Championship game. She was
named Eastern Guilford Female Athlete of the Year in 2010 after making All
Conference in track and playing on the Soccer team. Miranda made the
All Conference Academic Team and is a member of the National Honor Society.
During the years she has played AAU Basketball for the Greensboro Galaxy on a
National level along with such noted players as Desiree Drayton (Charlotte
Commit- Dudley), Brittany Drew( Page) and Khadeja Wilkerson (Greensboro Day) as
they won the Division II National Championship in 2007; Having the opportunity
to play Nationally has allowed her and her teammates the opportunity to play
against some of the best competition in the country; Such noted names as Bria
Hartley (UConn), Jennifer Oneil (Kentucky), Shannon Smith (UNC), Clair Watkins
(Vanderbilt), Monet Tiller (VTech), Kelsey Harris (Elon), Brittany Webb (South
Carolina), Lakeesa Daniels (NC State), Erica Chandler ( GW) , GG Bailey( 4th
ranked in her class) and Brynn Williamson (Iowa State). During those match ups
she has averaged 22.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 5.9 apg, 2.9 spg, 3.3 bpg and has been a
part of a National Championship Galaxy team in 2007 and a runner up in the
Classic Division I Championship game in 2008.

Along the way with triumph has also been tragedy, as her brother Jeremiah
Jenkins whom was First Team All Guilford, First Team All Region and Conference
Player of the year in 2006 was killed in a car accident in May of this year. Her
cousin Natasha Huntley whom also attended Eastern Guilford was Conference Player
of the Year and Second Team All Guilford in 2007.The National signing day is
November 17th. She is dedicating this upcoming season to him as she guides a
young Eastern Guilford squad.

  • Get Real said,

    Good Job Milton! Smile!

  • Jeff Terry said,

    Great job Miranda! I’m glad to see students choosing schools according to what they have to offer them in the long run. You’ve made a great choice! Stoney Brook is a very, very, good school. Basketball has taken you on a journey that will forever change your life. Keep working hard and anything is possible. I know your father is strutting like a peacock (lol)! Another Lady Phoenix player takes the leap into college (smile). Delaney, Clavon, Reggie, Sam, thanks for everything that you do for all the girls.

  • Setting the Record said,

    As you will see Miranda never played for the Phoenix…get your facts right sir!

  • Jeff Terry said,

    Setting the record straight you are exactly right.I apologize for giving some other organization the recognition. Greensboro Galaxy Westmoreland, Shawn, etc. I’ve watched so much basketball it’s all starting to run together. Anyhow GREAT JOB Miranda! I hope that “sets the record straight”. (smile)

  • Andy said,

    Good job Jeff…You’ve done a great job of keeping up with basketball over the years, with Helen, John, Jermaine, Janelle and many others…Keep up the good work…

  • Cheryl said,

    Congratulations Miranda,

    So many students make their choice based on just the athletics of the school, but forget the academics, what their contribution will be, and the other dynamics.

    I think the girls in the class of 2011 have gotten it right.

    Good Luck in all you do

  • drayton said,

    Great job Miranda ,

    Congratulations parents. We know you are so proud. Hard work, commitment and sacrifice does pay off. Enjoy every single moment. One experience at a time. Can’t believe you grew up so fast. You’re now on your way.

  • jeff joyce said,

    Another great kid from the Central/Bryan YMCA basketball program. I could tell many years ago when Miranda was about 9 that she was gonna be a heckuva basketball player. Congratulations Stony Brook, you are getting a great young lady and very good basketball player. Look for her to contribute very quickly and play a significant role. Good luck and you deserve it.

  • William D said,

    Great Job Miranda

    I have watch Miranda play basketball since she was in junior high and I saw a kid that played with a great deal of intensity and smartness. I liked the way she played both ends of the court and it never mattered whom she was playing against. I saw her playing with the boys at the YMCA in the late Michael Harris camps with such notables as Reggie Dillard and PJ Harriston and she never missed a beat. Since she has been in high school , I have seen her play maybe 10 games and I can honestly say that her presence on the court makes a difference just like it did in junior high. What amazes me the most is that occasionally I see her at the Bryan YMCA working hard by herself doing drills to try and improve. She is always nice and polite whenever I speak to her. Stony Brook got a very nice student athlete out of North Carolina.

  • ray said,

    Last week my son and I were shooting at the YMCA Greensboro. He told me to come over and watch this young lady shooting. I immediately knew who she was since she looked similar to her daddy, Milton. She was totally immensed in drills that I preached to my son. Stony Brook will get a most excellent student athlete.