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JERMEL Jenkins has plans. Big plans.
The electric Bandits playmaker would love nothing more than to guide the reigning SEABL champions back to the post-season.
And it’s not just a matter of making it back to the playoffs, Jenkins wants to lead the Border club to back-to-back titles.
With the Bandits sitting 1½ games out of the South Conference top four, it’s a lofty goal indeed.
But Jenkins — this week’s SEABL People’s Choice award winner — isn’t fazed.
“Absolutely, the goal is to win the championship,” Jenkins said.
“In order to do that, we need to start winning, everyone right now has the mindset ‘win, win, win’ and get to the playoffs.
“I want to bring the best out of the players and myself, so at the end of the season we all can look up in the rafters and see a championship banner.
“I don’t want to say I’m just here for the regular season, I’m here for the regular season, the playoffs and to play in the grand final.”
And when he’s done Jenkins would love to get a crack at an NBL gig.
Sound familiar? It’s a blueprint star guard Jazz Ferguson mapped out last year, with several NBL clubs having scouted the now-Bendigo Brave earlier this season.
Comparisons to Ferguson — just like predecessor Eric Vann found out, to his detriment — have been inevitable on the Border but Jenkins hasn’t heard them and doesn’t care anyway.
“Not at all, I don’t pay attention to comparisons, I’m my own person,” Jenkins said.
Regardless of future ambition, he is loving his time on the Border.
Averaging 21.9 points, 7.3 assists and an impressive 6.1 rebounds per game, Jenkins has already indicated he would love to return for a full season next year.
“Absolutely, the whole area is nice and the fans have been great,” Jenkins said.
“I think since I got here, we’re coming together nice and we know our strengths and weaknesses.
“I love getting my team-mates involved; when I do that, it lifts everyone’s confidence.”