A couple of weeks ago, University of Arkansas head basketball coach Stan Heath made it clear that even though he had already compiled his second straight top five nationally-ranked recruiting class, he was not done.
Evidence of that is the fact the Razorbacks have targeted 6-6, 195-pound junior college point guard Dontell Jefferson, a superbly versatile player who will take an official visit to Fayetteville this weekend for the Oklahoma State game.
Jefferson, a former Lithonia (Ga.) Stephenson High prepster, is currently starring as a sophomore for Atlanta Metropolitan College where he is averaging 15.4 points, 8.7 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.
"He is a complete point guard, a pure point guard, just a tremendously talented big guard who can do it all, " AMC head coach and athletic director Robert Pritchett said Wednesday. "He has already had three triple-doubles this season and has just developed into a wonderful, wonderful player. He is destined to be a star on the major college level."
Jefferson, who averaged 17 points and 6 assists as a juco freshman last season for the Red-Eyed Panthers, is a guy who floated under the radar as a prepster. He didn't go to the Nike or adidas ABCD camps, didn't play AAU ball and was basically a late bloomer.
"He was perfectly content on his high school team just to pass the ball, wasn't that aggressive on offense or defense and let the other guys score and thus didn't get a lot of attention for himself," Pritchett said. "But he has grown, matured, become more aggressive, developed his defensive intensity and just turned into one heck of a complete basketball player."
That is why Heath and UA assistant Ronny Thompson have been on hand to watch him play on a couple of occasions and why he is now viewed as a perfect compliment to the other four players that Arkansas has already signed.
That quartert already signed are 6-10, 265-pound Al Jefferson; 7-0, 252-pound Steven Hill; 6-10, 235-pound Darian Townes and 6-8, 235-pound Charles Thomas.
"He knows the future is bright up there," Pritchett said.
Arkansas, Georgia and Auburn are among those schools who have been to see him play and are recruiting the hidden gem.
"People are starting to pour in here to see him," Pritchett said. "All of a sudden he is being recruited by SEC, ACC, Big East and Big 10 schools. He really likes Arkansas and what they are building and getting done up there."
Jefferson's team was 10-1 heading into Wednesday night's game with visiting Tallahassee Community College, a team that AMC beat 68-57 in overtime in Florida back on Dec. 6.
AMC whipped Oxford College 104-52 in its last contest and the Red-Eyed Panthers are averaging 90 points per game with Jefferson triggering the attack.
"We have two nationally ranked teams in our league already (Georgia Perimeter and South Georgia Tech) and if we take care of our business we will soon be the third one," Pritchett said. "It all starts with Dontell. He's a true leader, a heck of a person and a player and we are blessed to have him."
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