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Unsung hero

January 28, 2004

Albany-- Westover senior Allen Jenkins isn't surprised anymore when it happens, in fact he kind of expects it. "That really brings my game out then, when they're surprised like, 'I really didn't know he could play that good'. It makes me feel real good," Jenkins said.

And it's happened just about every time the Patriots have taken the court this year. Opponents key in on star teammate Montavious Waters, making the fatal mistake of overlooking Jenkins.

"When we play most people focus on him so that's when I get my shots off, I have a real good game. And he'll (Montavious) have a real good game too, so really I kind of like it," Jenkins added.

"He's taking advantage of the way defenses are focusing in on primarily stopping me. And I mean I'm happy he's doing it because that means we're winning," Waters said.

But the role of the unsung hero sits just fine with Jenkins, and it seems to be paying off too. This season alone he hit the game winning shot to beat Dougherty and few weeks later was named the MVP of the WALB Holiday Classic.

"It was in the back of my mind when I was playing, but I really didn't think I was going to get it (MVP honors) until that last game when they announced my name."

Jenkins averages a double-double, seventeen points and twelve rebounds a game, but it's his leadership that coach Dallis Smith believes is most valuable.

"He's a quiet guy so he never says anything and that's one thing I'm working on is to get him to talk a little more because he's one of the captains and he needs to be a leader on the team. But he leads by playing, by showing people what he's capable of doing," Smith said.

Jenkins hopes to lead his team to the school's seventh state title. And after last year's disappointing loss to Hart County in the semifinals, the senior is more focused than ever.

"We preach it every day in practice. Don't be too cocky, never be over confident," Jenkins said.

After all he should know what happens when you overlook someone.

Posted at 12:50am by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com