Jefferson Gathers Info

Schools from all over the country are trying to get seriously involved in Amile Jefferson's recruitment, and right now he is trying to gather as much information on them as possible.

As a five-star prospect and one of the best forwards in the nation, the phone has been ringing quite often for Amile Jefferson. Still the No. 10 prospect in the nation was focused on his season and getting another state title. With that goal accomplished, Jefferson is now trying to gather all the information he can in order to figure out where he will be playing his college basketball.

"Our season is done," said Jefferson. "We won the state and had a real good season. We exceeded expectations and went 20-4. We won our league and we won our state, so I thought we had a great season."

For Jefferson and company coming home with the top hardware is nothing new. In fact it is beginning to become commonplace.

"This is our third time winning it, so I have won it every year I have been in high school," said Jefferson. "It is definitely something I am proud of. I really feel it shows how strong of a team we have been the past few years. We were undersized, but we were still able to win state which was great."

He continued, "I think I did good, but there is always room for improvement. I averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds, and that was something I had to do, especially rebounding since I was the biggest guy. I had to guard big players every game, and I think I did well. I think we as a team did a great job, and I was happy with my play."

When it comes to recruiting there is no end to the amount of schools showing Jefferson interest.

"I am hearing from Villanova, Maryland, Wake Forest, Miami, Georgetown, Ohio State, Syracuse, Pitt, and others, but I am pretty open," explained Jefferson. "I get calls from a lot of different coaches at different times."

During the season Jefferson did have a chance to make unofficial visits to Maryland, Villanova, and Temple. That trio of visits came on the heels of an unofficial visit to Duke before the season.

"It is definitely a humbling experience," said Jefferson of being able to make those visits. "It is something great to have happen. I love being able to have this opportunity and to see all of these great basketball programs up close. Seeing how a Maryland differs from Temple or how they differ from Villanova, and then to see yourself at one of those schools is incredible."

With the high school season now complete and AAU about ready to kick off, Jefferson says it is time to really get serious about his recruitment and figure out which schools will get a close look.

"Right now my family and I are at the stage where we are getting all the information that we can," said Jefferson. "We are definitely trying to take as many visits as possible so we can narrow the list and then be ready to choose a school either by the summer or know where I am looking hard at by the summer."

He continued, "The plan is to definitely get some visits in and see the facilities and the campuses of these schools and what they have to offer."

While Jefferson doesn't know which schools are going to be the ones who make the cut, he does know what he is looking for on these visits.

"I am looking for a school where I can fit in on and off the court," Jefferson explained. "I am looking for a place where I can be effective on the court in a system. Off the court I want to see where I would want to go if I didn't play basketball."

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