Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 6/28/12

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 18: Guard John Jenkins #23 of the Vanderbilt Commodores goes up for a shot against the Murray State Racers during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men s basketball tournament at HP Pavilion on March 18, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
ATLANTA Call it the recency effect. With the 23rd overall pick on Thursday, the Atlanta Hawks selected Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer for the past two seasons whom the Hawks brought in for a second workout just a day earlier. With the departure of Jamal Crawford after the 2010-11 season and the trade of young shooting guard Jordan Crawford, the Hawks had a void in terms of a player who could provide scoring from that position. Veteran Kirk Hinrich, whom the Hawks acquired in late '10-'11 in a deal involving Jordan Crawford, was brought in more for his defense and struggled offensively this past season after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Hinrich will be an unrestricted free agent as of Sunday. As a result, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Jenkins, a native of the Nashville area, could have a chance to start immediately. He averaged 19.9 points per game, shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 43.9 percent on three-pointers last season. He helped to lead the Commodores to the SEC championship over eventual national champion Kentucky, which had three players drafted ahead of Jenkins in the first round on Thursday.
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