Originally Posted by Dagoro1988
Beats me, his performance in P2 was terrible.
In all fairness, we haven't really seen that much of him in the second part. In terms of ability, we haven't seen anything outside of taijutsu, but really, REALLY amazing taijutsu. He's pretty intelligent, and cool under pressure. He was a bit of an intolerable shit in part 1, but I think that loss against Naruto sobered him up a bit. Added to which, the requirements for jounin are a bit nebulous at the moment.
Plus, I think Kishi had to pick someone from the rookie 12 to have advanced all the way to jounin. Naruto, and Sasuke were off limits as they were gone during the time skip, and that leaves just Neji as a likely candidate. I don't think Shikamaru was jounin material at the start of part 2, but I dare say he might be now after all this growing up he had to do.