Jefferson is a priority

Five-star wing Rondae Jefferson is having an excellent junior season, and many of the heavy hitters on the East Coast are in pursuit of his commitment.

One of the most productive players in the 2013 class is Rondae Jefferson. The Chester (Penn.) High School wing impacts the game in a variety of ways. At 6-foot-6 Jefferson can play almost any position on the floor, and is the leader of his team.

Chester High School hasn't lost a game since December of 2010, and Jefferson is a huge reason why. Still the talented wing says the team is keeping everything in perspective.

"We don't worry about last year," said Jefferson. "We are just focused on winning the state championship."

It is no secret that college coaches like players with a winning pedigree, and that is why Jefferson has so many schools interested in him.

"Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Temple, Pittsburgh, and a lot of the Big East schools," listed Jefferson of the schools interested.

Jefferson's brother, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, is currently at Temple, and Rondae has seen that campus a lot, and likes what he sees.

"He is just there so I go there and see everything first hand," said Jefferson. "As far as Temple I like Temple a lot. Coach Fran (Dunphy) is a great guy and it is a great school."

Another school that is local for Jefferson is Villanova. The Wildcats have been making Jefferson a priority for quite some time.

"Jay Wright is a great guy," said Jefferson of Villanova. "He cracks jokes and he is almost as well dressed as me."

One school with a former Chester player making a big impact is Pittsburgh. Jefferson knows Nasir Robinson real well, and says Robinson is talking to him about the Panthers.

"I talk to Nasir a lot," explained Jefferson. "He just tells me that Pitt is a good school and everything. I have been on their campus, and I like Pitt a lot."

Also the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are a team that has put in a lot of work with Jefferson.

"Rutgers coach Mike Rice, that is my guy," said Jefferson. "He is a real funny guy. As a team they play hard and they have upset a couple of teams so far."

For now Jefferson is simply taking everything in and finding out as much about each school and each coaching staff as he can. For a kid who is so versatile and does so many things on the floor, he says he is open to any system when it comes to making his commitment.

"It doesn't really matter how a team plays," says Jefferson. "I can slow the game down, I can pay fast, whatever the coach needs me to do is what I will do."


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