Jefferson perfect fit for Arizona's Miller

Rondae Jefferson jumped on the Arizona train. Why is it important? How does he fit in Sean Miller's system? Scout.com's Brian Snow breaks it down.

If there is one thing that Sean Miller demands from his players and absolutely needs with his system it is toughness. Maybe the one player in this class that fits that description more than any other is Rondae Jefferson.

The Chester, Pennsylvania native gets a ton done on the court and all of it is based off of his desire, energy, and toughness that he brings. At 6-foot-6, Jefferson can play virtually any position on the defensive end, and then offensively he has a unique skill set in which he can play point guard, but then also be your best offensive rebounder.

For Miller the commitment of Jefferson is huge. In the 2012 class he brought in one of the best frontcourt classes in the country. It was a class that included three highly thought of low-post players. Now he has a perimeter player who fits that same five-star bill to help take the load off the guys down in the paint.

In his time at Xavier, Miller got the best out of a similarly skilled player, C.J. Anderson. Miller used Anderson, who was a 6-foot-6 forward with a great ability to handle and pass for his size, in a variety of different roles, and there is no doubt he will do the same with Jefferson.

Jefferson at times will be asked to run the offense as a point forward, and then at the same time in Miller's version motion offense, he will back screen and duck in smaller defenders. That versatility is what Arizona needs from the small forward spot, and they now have it in Jefferson.

Beyond the versatility and toughness, Miller is known as a coach who demands excellence on the defensive end, and there might not be a better perimeter defender in the country than Jefferson. He combines very quick feet with long arms, strength, and desire to make it very difficult on opposing players.

Overall Jefferson is one of the top 10 players in the country for a reason. He has a little Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kawhi Leonard to his game. Obviously it is going to be very difficult for Jefferson to be at the level of those players before it is all said and done, but there seems to be very little doubt right now that Jefferson will bring a lot of good things to the court at Arizona.

More than anything, Jefferson and Miller are a perfect fit in terms of system and personality. The Arizona boss needed a player like Jefferson with the impending graduations of Kevin Parrom and Solomon Hill on the wing, and he now has it with Jefferson who might be the toughest kid in the entire 2012 class.


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