#3 Justin Jenifer stands at just 5’ 10” and 175 pounds. A quiet individual, often overlooked coming out of high school and during his early years on campus.
Now a senior and a newfound father, Justin has come to life. With a tattoo of a lion on his arm, Jenifer has become the lion and leader of this year’s UC basketball team so desperately needs. You can watch him on the bench coaching the freshman, including future star Logan Johnson. He speaks through his defense and willingness to take a charge to electrify the team.
Coach Cronin always praises Jenifer during post-game press conferences and mentions his willingness to work and learn on and off the court. A squad without Gary Clark, Kyle Washington, and Jacob Evans. A team with four freshman and many others lacking significant playing time and starting experience. Justin is exactly the glue this team needs to stay together this year at home and on the road.
This year, Justin is averaging 8 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game, while splitting time with Cane Broome and Logan Johnson. He recently had a career game against Tulane, with 18 points. And, as most of you know by now, Jenifer is leading the country in assist to turnover margin at 10.17. To put this in perspective, the second-best player is at 6.36. He has just 6 turnovers all year. Absolutely ridiculous, especially for a player mainly known for his defense. It’s safe to say Justin is finding his shot at just the right time.
By Andy Smith