Hempstead, N.Y. - The Hofstra University athletic department will retire the jersey number (#22) of senior guard Charles Jenkins (Queens, N.Y.) on Saturday, prior to the Pride's regular season finale against Delaware at the Mack Sports Complex.
The jersey retirement will take place as part of Hofstra's Senior Day ceremonies, which will begin at approximately 1:40 p.m., prior to the 2 p.m. tip-off with the Blue Hens.
Jenkins will become the 25th Hofstra student-athlete to have a jersey number retired, and the first to earn that distinction while still active. He will be the fifth men's basketball player with a retired number, joining Speedy Claxton (#10), Steve Nisenson (#13), Rich Laurel (#21) and Bill Thieben (#93), and will also be the second Hofstra student-athlete honored this year, along with women's soccer All-American Tiffany Yovino, who had her number (#18) retired in November.
Heading into the final week of the regular season, Jenkins has amassed 2,420 career points, a new Hofstra school record and the highest total of any active player in the country. That total also ranks tied for second in Colonial Athletic Association history with Carlos Yates of George Mason (1981-85), trailing only Navy's David Robinson (2,669 points). He is also 80 points away from the 2,500 plateau, a milestone that only 60 players have reached in NCAA history.
This year, Jenkins ranks fifth in the nation in scoring at 23.3 points per game, and is the only player in the top 15 in scoring shooting at least 50 percent from the floor (52.8 percent). He also averages a career-best 4.8 assists per game, which leads the CAA and makes him one of only three players in the country to lead his conference in both scoring and assists (along with Nolan Smith of Duke and Norris Cole of Cleveland State).
Jenkins' efforts have helped the Pride to an 18-10 record and an 12-4 mark in the CAA, tying it for second place and clinching an opening-round bye in the conference tournament on March 3-6. He helped Hofstra secure the bye on Tuesday in his second-to-last home game, when he hit the game-tying three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in regulation and then won it with a 35-footer at the buzzer of overtime as the Pride captured a dramatic 81-78 win over William & Mary.
Jenkins is a two-time winner of the Haggerty Award as the top player in the Metropolitan New York area, one of only nine players in the 77-year history of the Haggerty to win it more than once. He has a chance to join Chris Mullin of St. John's (1983-85) and Jim McMillian of Columbia (1968-70) as the only players to win it three times, if he wins it again this year.
Hofstra will be in action next when it travels to UNC Wilmington on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest, when Jenkins will tie the school record for career games played with 124. He will then break that record against Delaware for Senior Day on Saturday. For ticket information, contact the Hofstra Box Office at (516) HOF-TIXX (463-8499).