The 6-foot-3 Jenkins has led the SEC in scoring in each of the last two seasons, averaging 19.5 points per game in 2010-11 and 19.8 points per game last season. Jenkins shot 47 percent from the floor in 2011 and his 134 three-point field goals set an SEC and Vanderbilt single-season record in addition to leading the nation in three-point field goals per game (3.83).
"This was a very difficult decision for my family and I to make, but I am ready to dedicate myself fully to achieving my dream of playing in the NBA," said Jenkins. "The last three years have been the time of my life, and I will always cherish my time at Vanderbilt and the relationships I have made along the way."
Vanderbilt will miss Jenkins, who was a two-time All-SEC first-team selection and ranks 10th on the school's all-time scoring list.
"I’m very happy for John as he has chosen this opportunity to pursue his professional career," said Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings. "This is something that he wants to do and has his family’s blessing. My role has been to accumulate information on where he might be drafted. I have given that information to John and his parents, and this is the decision they have made.
"We thank John for his incredible contributions over the last three years and wish him a long and prosperous professional career."