With the fall semester now completed for Tarleton, the No. 15 Texans are sitting on an impressive 9-1 overall record and are an undefeated 4-0 in Lone Star Conference play.
One big reason for the Texans' success has been the play of front court player Romond Jenkins.
Jenkins, who is coming off of a 24 point, 17 rebound performance on Wednesday against Southwestern Adventist, will be a key contributor for the remainder of the season and that's a scary through for teams who experienced his wrath last season.
"Last year it was an up and down year. I only played half the year and never really got in my groove," said the six foot, seven inch tall Jenkins. "I’ve gotten in the weight room a lot and the more I play the better I get. I just try to go out and keep working on different things."
Jenkins' comment about consistent play and him improving throughout the season are a scary thought.
Last season, Jenkins didn't play until the spring semester and finished the season averaging 7.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest. While those numbers are solid for any division II front court player, the numbers Jenkins has posted through 10 games this year are more than impressive.
He's averaging a double-double, 12.2 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per contest.
"Hopefully it will good for me playing this whole year," said Jenkins. "Hopefully I can build off of last year and gain some momentum each game. I think it will be a game changer for me."
That's no joke. Constant play is clearly paying off for Jenkins.
With an even better front court than last season, Tarleton, who finished with an Elite Eight appearance last season, has a different core of players this season and boast a number of ways to score.
"It just depends on what type of players we have out there. Last year we had some real scorers and we relied on them more than we do on anyone this season," said Jenkins. "This year we have several guys who can score. That’s real big, it keeps our opponents guessing ad we can score all over the court."
And Jenkins is right. The Texans entire starting five is averaging more than 10 points per game, a rare feat at any level of competitive basketball.
Tarleton's next test begins tonight as they tip off play in the Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After the tournament, the Texans begin a long stretch of LSC play. The competitive schedule they have coming up has Jenkins excited and he's ready to see just what this year's team has in store.
"This is what we’ve been playing all year for. To get into conference play and see how good we can be," he said. "I’m ready for a big run in the conference. I think we can do anything. We’re young, but we have talent. I think people are noticing that."