Hawks draft Vandy's high-scoring John Jenkins

Associated Press Modified: June 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm •  Published: June 28, 2012
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ATLANTA (AP) — John Jenkins' reputation as a hard worker gave Hawks coach Larry Drew a pretty good guess how the Vanderbilt guard would celebrate being drafted by Atlanta.

Drew correctly predicted Jenkins would head to the gym for shooting practice after Thursday night's draft. Jenkins confirmed he was "going straight to the gym."

"It's not enough for me to get drafted," Jenkins said in a telephone interview. "I want to be a great player in this league."

Drew said Jenkins "is the kind of kid who really works hard at trying to be the best."

New Hawks general manager Danny Ferry selected Jenkins with the 23rd pick in the first round. The Hawks picked Virginia power forward Mike Scott at No. 43 overall in the second round.

Scott, 23, averaged 18 points and 8.3 rebounds as a senior.

Scott (6-8, 237) was a strong rebounder at Virginia. Scott lacks ideal size for an inside player in the NBA but "has got the strength" to play power forward, according to Ferry.

Scott led the Atlantic Coast Conference with his 56.3-percent shooting while ranking second in scoring and fifth in rebounds.

Jenkins (6-4, 220) led the Southeastern Conference in scoring two straight seasons, including his average of 19.9 points as a junior in the 2011-12 season. He made at least one 3-pointer in his last 60 games.

"He is if not the best shooter in the draft, he's top two," Drew said.

"This kid was off the radar. You talk about making shots, you talk about someone who in the game you have to defend at all times. This kid is certainly a guy who fits that profile."

Ferry was named the Hawks' president of basketball operations and general manager on Monday. He scouted draft prospects in his former role as vice president of basketball operations for the Spurs.

"It has been a fast and furious four days for me as far as getting acclimated to what is going on," Ferry said.

Ferry said he now will focus on free agency and possible trades as he looks to fill out the roster.

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