COLUMBIA (WACH)- High school players are rare when it comes to the SC Pro Am, but Deriante Jenkins is one of them and he is making the most of his opportunity to play against some of the best around the Carolinas.
The rising junior at Lake Marion High School has held his own and is impressing everyone in attendance at the Heathwood Hall gym this summer.
"I'm just out here trying to get better," Jenkins said.
He's certainly doing that and not intimidated of taking on guys much older than him.
Jenkins opened plenty of eyes on a big stage earlier this year when he helped the Gators win a state championship.
"He plays all facets of the game," Pro Am coach Joe Rice said. "It looks like he's gonna be a pretty good player."
Playing against older competition still three years from college will only improve Jenkins' game.
"This puts them in position to where when they get to college, they won't have that 'deer in the headlight' look," Pro Am commissioner Carey Rich said.
Jenkins appears to have a bright future, and his confidence shows that.
"I want to come out here and work on my defense so I can stop people," Jenkins said with a smile. "I don't think anybody can stop me."
The SC Pro Am continues through August. Games are played on Sundays and Thursdays.