Jefferson to Arizona

Rondae Jefferson is one of the top players in 2013 and is now an Arizona Wildcat. Read on for a closer look at the recruitment.

Arizona took a big step towards completing one of the better classes in 2013 when Chester (Pa.) forward Rondae Jefferson gave his verbal commitment to Arizona on Thursday.

Although the original plan was for Jefferson to commit on his birthday in January, Arizona has done a fantastic job of recruiting him and as the in-home visit got closer, word spread that it was a possibility Jefferson would end his recruitment early.

Arizona decided to aggressively pursue the five-star forward in May and, in a matter of weeks, it appeared that the Wildcats had already made up serious ground.

"I know I have heard from Arizona," Jefferson said at the time. "I know Derrick Williams and Andre Iguodala went there. They have a great coach and the overall program is great."

It was then apparent that Book Richardson and the rest of the coaching staff would make Jefferson a priority and they did just that, as Richardson and Sean Miller would travel back east this summer for the sole purpose of watching Jefferson.

In late June, Jefferson cut his list to Florida, Syracuse, Temple, Memphis, Rutgers, Arizona and Texas. Jefferson visited Syracuse and Rutgers shortly before he cut his list and it was apparent that Arizona needed to get him on campus.

On Thursday, the ability to get him on campus for a second time paid off, as Arizona not only sold the style of play to Jefferson, but also the ability for him to play right away.

In terms of what type of player the Wildcats are getting, writes that Jefferson is "a small forward with an excellent athleticism, Jefferson gets to the rim at will, and just knows how to make things happen.

"He is an excellent offensive rebounder and someone who plays every possession like it is his last. At this point the only thing he really doesn't do well is shoot it from the outside, but even without that skill he is still extremely productive."

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