Columbia Native Jenkins Beats Buzzer To Win Title

Jenkins Mom celebrate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — When they were 11-year-olds, Brice Johnson and Kris Jenkins played on the same AAU team in South Carolina.

Monday night, the Palmetto State pair shared the spotlight in the national championship.

Johnson, a senior forward from Orangeburg, scored 14 points in the title game for North Carolina.

Jenkins, a junior forward originally from Columbia, scored 14 points for Villanova.  His last three earned the Wildcats a 77-74 win at the buzzer and earned Kris Jenkins a place in basketball immortality.

Jenkins became the first player since 1983 to hit a buzzer beater to win his team a national championship.

Kris gets his game from his mom, Felicia.  Felicia Jenkins was a Hall of Fame player at Claflin and coached the Benedict women’s basketball team for seven years.  10 years ago, Felicia sensed Kris was heading down the wrong path in Columbia.  He moved to Maryland to live with the family of teammate Nate Britt, Jr.  Britt scored 2 points for UNC in the title game.

Villanova only recruited Jenkins because they were recruiting Britt.

The Philadelphia Inquirer caught up with Felicia Jenkins before she made the trip to Houston for the Final Four.

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