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AMILE JEFFERSON SHINES ON COURT; TALKS RECRUITING
by Alex Schwartz
PHILADELPHIA – On paper, the top player who participated in last night’s Rasual Butler All-City Classic was class of 2012 star Amile Jefferson. The 6-foot-7 combo forward from Friends Central (PA) did not disappoint, as his 19 points tied for the high in the event’s three games.
He also picked up co-MVP honors for his performance in a 26-point victory in the Junior Game. Prior to his dominant showing, Jefferson spoke with NBE Basketball Report about the status of his recruitment.
Jefferson listed Villanova, Temple, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Stanford, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Maryland, West Virginia and Miami. He said that he has offers from all of those schools and added that there are other schools involved as well that he just could not recall.
“Not really, only because, you know, I haven’t really taken any visits,” Jefferson said of whether he has any favorites yet. “I have talked to some of those schools, hope to get some [visits done].”
Jefferson did note of Villanova that he has “been up there multiple,” but that none of them were actual unofficial visits. The long, skilled rising senior already has an idea of some of the schools in particular he would like to take visits to when he does start to take trips.
“Soon I’m hoping to get a visit down to NC State, hope to get a visit to Maryland,” Jefferson said. “I talked to a coach at Ohio State [and I am] hoping to get a visit there [and] however many schools I can.”
Jefferson specifically mentioned three Big East programs on his list and took the time give his thoughts on each one of them.
Villanova: “I really like ‘Nova [and it is] probably the school I’ve seen the most. My interaction with [the coaching] staff is great, always been great. I know they have a good program.”
Syracuse: “Great school. I know they’ve done a great job in the past [with] Philly guys [and I will] . . . see where it goes.”
West Virginia: “I probably had the least amount of contact with them of late, but they have a great school. They’re very good both athletically and academically.”
As one of the elite players in the class of 2012 in the United States, Amile Jefferson all but has his pick of big-time college programs. His recruitment will be one to watch over the course of the next few months.