Jefferson just getting started

An impressive spring has led to increased attention on the recruiting trail for Rondae Jefferson.

Playing up against older competition all summer hasn't bothered Rondae Jefferson at all. The Chester (PA) small forward has emerged as one of the top wings in the class, and is beginning to get a lot of recruiting attention.

This spring was a breakout one for Jefferson. The 6-foot-6 small forward proved to be a big time scorer and rebounder off the wing, and has been a leader for Team Final.

"I think it went pretty good," said Jefferson of his spring performance. "I have played pretty well in the Nike EYBL, and it has just been pretty good."

In the Nike EYBL, Team Final is an entirely 16-and under team playing up at the 17-and under level. The challenge of going against the best in the country is something that Jefferson feels has helped his game.

"The competition level is high and it helps us a lot," Jefferson explained. "You see the best of the best, and I think we did pretty well."

Even though coaches can't be present for the events, Jefferson's name has begun to gain traction, and his recruitment has picked up over the past couple of months.

"I am hearing from Villanova, Temple, LaSalle, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Kentucky a little bit, and pretty much all of the schools in the Philadelphia area," listed Jefferson.

Rondae is the younger brother of current Temple player Rahlir Jefferson. According to the younger Jefferson, his older brother is telling him to stay focused and not lot any attention distract him from getting better.

"My brother just tells me to not let anything get to your head, and to keep working hard," Jefferson explained.

Right now Jefferson is just beginning to sort through the recruiting process. Still when the time comes down the road, there are a few factors that Jefferson will be looking for in a school.

"I am just looking for what best fits my game and a team with a good coach and a chance to win a lot," said Jefferson.

Currently Jefferson is the No. 34 prospect in the country, and could be on the rise even more with his strong play all spring long.

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