Virginia senior tennis player Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) was named as the 2013 recipient of the Anthony J. McKevlin Award, given annually to the top male athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Jenkins is the fifth Virginia athlete to receive the honor and the first since 2003.
The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) votes on the McKevlin Award, as well as the Mary Garber Award for the top female athlete in the ACC, given this year to North Carolina women’s soccer player Crystal Dunn.
Jenkins is the fifth Cavalier to receive the McKevlin Award. He joins football star Frank Quayle (1969), basketball legends Barry Parkhill (1972) and Ralph Sampson (1983) and lacrosse standout Chris Rotelli (2003).
With the award, Jenkins joins a group of honorees that includes four Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers, seven No. 1 overall NBA draft picks, four College Football Hall of Famers, two No. 1 overall MLB draft picks and one Heisman Trophy winner.
“Receiving the McKevlin Award is a little overwhelming at first when you look at the list of previous winners,” said Jenkins. “To join a group that includes so many great names, especially the ones that went on to become stars in the NFL and NBA, is a tremendous honor. I am going to share this prestigious award with my family, teammates and coaches who have helped me have an unbelievable four years at the University of Virginia.”
Jenkins, who was the 2013 ITA National Player of the Year, ended the season ranked No. 1 in the ITA singles rankings and was the 2013 NCAA singles runner-up. He posted a 42-6 singles record during his senior season, including winning the 2012 ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championship title in the fall.