By Cary Shuman
The basketball experience didn’t go exactly as she had hoped, but Morgan Jenkins today is the proud holder of degree from Saint Michael’s College, having graduated in May.
Jenkins, a Class of 2011 Revere High graduate and one of the greatest girls basketball players in school history, received her degree in Media Studies/Journalism and Digital Arts Degree.
Jenkins seemed to be headed to college basketball stardom after earning both Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholatic honors in her senior season at RHS. The 5-foot-8-inch guard scored 1,303 points and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds in four years of varsity basketball.
As a freshman at St. Michael’s, Jenkins appeared in 15 games and loomed as a potential starting player the following season, but a leg injury that required surgery forced her to miss her entire sophomore season.
Jenkins also sat out her junior year but returned to the team as a senior, but not in the role she had anticipated.
“I had come a long way as player at Revere High and for the Mass Thundercats (AAU), and I felt I could have very well fit in to their system at Saint Michael’s, but I didn’t get that same playing opportunity in college,” said Jenkins. “My college basketball career did not go as I expected it would.”
While at Saint Michael’s, Jenkins lost her biggest supporter when her mother, Denise Jenkins, passed away in February, 2015, at the age of 52. “It was devastating to me,” said Jenkins. “My mother supported me in everything I did. I also lost my uncle (Roland) and my grandmother (Vernelle). It’s been a tough couple of years. ”
While at Saint Michael’s, Jenkins excelled in her major. After taking a wilderness photography course, she produced a mountain biking video that was chosen by the Vermont tourism bureau for its marketing campaign.
Jenkins, 23, is currently living in Vermont but hopes to return to Revere and begin her career in video production or photography.
“That’s my immediate goal,” said Jenkins. “I’d like to live in Revere and give back to the community that was so good to me during my years growing up here. I would enjoy coaching basketball, too.”