Nationally, Villanova forward Kris Jenkins became an overnight sensation after drilling the game-winning buzzer beater in a 77-74 victory over North Carolina in the NCAA title game.
Locally, though, Jenkins was a legendary alum of Washington, D.C. power Gonzaga College High.
Four years ago, when Jenkins was just a high school junior, averaging 19.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.9 steals and 1.2 blocks per game for the Eagles, Gonzaga students created this incredible ad for “Jenkins Juice” — a sports drink that makes you “stronger, faster, just like Kris.”
The drink appeared to come in a repurposed Gatorade bottle — fitting, since Jenkins won two Gatorade Washington D.C. Boys Basketball Player honors in his final two prep seasons — with a photo of Jenkins slapped over the label, but as we learned Monday night, the juice really works.
And you’ve got to love the dig at Gonzaga’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.): “Man, I wish we had Jenkins Juice at DeMatha.”
Now, every school everywhere probably wishes they had some Jenkins Juice on hand.
Oh, and Jenkins Juice wasn’t the only ad Jenkins appeared in during his high school career. There’s also this fantastic plug for Gonzaga’s game against DeMatha during his senior season in 2013, via Fox Sports, in which a young fan lobbies to steal Jenkins’ scholarship to Villanova.
Thankfully, Jenkins held onto that Nova offer, forever altering NCAA Tournament highlight packages everywhere. And if the NBA doesn’t work out as a future employer for Jenkins, we’re sure he’ll make a heck of a commercial pitchman for some lucky sports drink company.