Jefferson perfect fit for Arizona

Arizona has added small forward Rondae Jefferson to its 2013 class. Read on to see why he is a perfect fit, how important it is for Arizona, and more.

For the past three seasons, Arizona has had the small forward position locked up with two players that have helped Arizona's smoother than expected transition into the Sean Miller era.

Both Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom will have a story to tell about their careers as Wildcats and going into their senior year hope to end it on a high note.

But what will happen to the position of small forward when those two leave?

The commitment of Rondae Jefferson will help ease the mind of Sean Miller and can be a piece that helps lead Arizona to a National Championship.

The 6-foot-7, 185-pound small forward from Chester (Pa.) High School chose the Wildcats over Temple, Syracuse, Florida, Memphis, Rutgers and Texas.

Jefferson is now the second commitment in the class of 2013 for Arizona as he joins four star guard Elliott Pitts.

Jefferson is the type of player that is perfect for Arizona's fast paced style as he runs the floor as well as any other player in the country.

He has a wide range of skills including passing, defending, rebounding and attacking the rim. His skill set and will to win has attracted the attention of coaches and scouts all across the nation.

In Scout.com's latest edition of the class of 2013 top 100, Jefferson rose in the rankings to number 10 overall.

The ranking only proves that his ceiling is high and he has a chance to play the game of basketball for a very long time. But of course, Arizona fans hope that Jefferson can help bring the program back to a place it's only been to once.

In the 2013-2014 season, Arizona will have a roster talented enough to be a top 5-10 team in the country. Perhaps the one position that may have a void would be small forward with both Parrom and Hill graduating.

It is still not certain if sophomore forward Brandon Ashley will be ready to play a lot of minutes at the wing, so Arizona needed someone with some size to complement players like T.J. McConnell, Nick Johnson, and Jordin Mayes.

Arizona will need rebounding at the position and Jefferson has an opportunity to grab double digit rebounds by the time he leaves Tucson. Much of the same applies with scoring, but with a run and gun style of offense, Jefferson can average double figures in scoring as a freshman.

Even under Lute Olson, Arizona has historically had a do-it-all type forward with players such as Luke Walton and Andre Iguodala. With his elite athleticism, Jefferson is in the mold of an Iguodala type player.

Arizona should never have a problem with rebounding in the near future with players like Ashley, Grant Jerrett, Angelo Chol, and Kaleb Tarczewski, and has now added a piece to the championship puzzle in Jefferson.


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