inducted October 2, 2008
In the 108-year history of Columbia Basketball, nobody has ever scored more points in a Lion uniform than Leonard “Buck” Jenkins. His 1,767 career points at Columbia is a record that still stands today.
An impact player from the moment he arrived on Morningside Heights, Jenkins was part of the revitalization of Columbia Basketball in the early 1990s.
In his sophomore season, Jenkins put the Ivy League on notice with his slashing style of play – averaging 18 points per game and being selected to the All-Ivy League first team.
That year, on February 15, 1991, Jenkins torched the Harvard Crimson for 47 points – a school record which stands today. Even more impressive was that he didn’t even attempt a single three-point field goal, allowing Jenkins to be paired with Shaquille O’Neal as the only two collegians that season to score 40 or more points in a game without the benefit of a three-pointer.
Jenkins was the Lions' leading scorer in each of his final three seasons, earning first-team All Ivy League each time.
In his senior year, Jenkins led the Lions to a 16-10 record and a second place finish in the Ivy League, averaging 22.2 points per game on his way to being named Ivy League Player of the Year and first-team All-Metropolitan.
After playing for two years in Europe and serving an assistant coach at his alma mater, Jenkins now resides in Georgia and works at Inner Strength, Inc., a youth development program that uses basketball as a tool to mentor and better shape the lives of young males.