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Five Questions: Amani Jenkins

08/02/2022, 8:45am CDT
By Chuck Thompson

This edition of Five Questions is with Amani Jenkins. Amani just completed her club season with Kingdom Hoops 2024 Elite. She is a 2025 from Des Moines North High School (IA) and is a highly regarded Division I prospect. Thanks for your time Amani!

 

1) You just completed your club season with Kingdom Hoops 2024 Elite where your team played up an age division nearly exclusively. What were some of your favorite moments from this season, and what are some things you learned facing older competition again?
 
Some of my favorite memories from the spring/summer are hanging with my teammates off the court. The team dinners, TopGolf and just hanging out in the hotels. Those are the memories that will stay with us.
 
The advantage of playing older competition is realizing where I am with my game. I am able to see areas that I need to work on and expand and I am also able to see areas where I do well. 
 
 
2) You have recently been busy on the recruiting front picking up several Division I offers. With plenty of time to still make that decision, what are some of the things you'll be searching for in a school in terms of education and their basketball program?
 
One of the main things I am looking for in a school is diversity. Having other students and athletes of color is very important to me. I also want to find a program that makes me feel welcome and wanted. I also want to be able to continue to expand my game and make an impact within the program. 
 
 
3) When you take a look at your own game, what are some of the things you think you bring to a team in terms of both basketball skills and leadership abilities?
 
I bring hard work and dedication to my team. I am willing to step up and do what it takes, whether it is rebounding, scoring, offense or defense. 
 
As far as leadership I believe that I am a good communicator both on and off the court. Communication is extremely important when on a team. I also bring comic relief at times when it gets too serious. 
 
 
4) You helped lead Des Moines North to a 16-7 record last season, leading the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. What are you hoping to accomplish as an individual and as a team in the 2022-23 season?
 
Last season was a fun and successful season for us. We made it to regional finals and lost to a great team, Johnston. That was the first time North made it to the regional finals in a long time. Our team worked hard and came together and I hope that translates into the upcoming season. I want to make sure that I step up more as a leader. We lost 2 starting seniors from last season and those are big shoes to fill. Each of us is going to need to step up and take on bigger roles. I am hoping to be able to step out on the perimeter more in addition to posting up. This will be our first year playing in the new Iowa Alliance Conference so I am excited to play some different teams. School ball can't get here soon enough! 
 
 
5) What are some of your favorite activities to do when you're not on the basketball court?
 
When I am not playing or training, I enjoy hanging with my friends, watching scary movies, spending time with my dog, Tutu and beating my brother in 1v1. 

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