Jefferson holds two offers

Damien Jefferson’s objective this summer is clear. The East Chicago (Ind.) Central product wants to convert his travel season performances into scholarship offers.

For Damien Jefferson, the Under Armour circuit and events such as last weekend’s Jayhawk Invitational provide an opportunity for him to increase his exposure and, ultimately, his odds of playing at a major conference college program.

The 6-4 wing competes for the SYF Players and immediately stands out as the club’s top prospect. He’s athletic, possesses lean strength and also handles and scores well on the move. He’ll need to tighten up his game even further going forward, but with the ability to score and defend either wing position, he brings a lot of utility to the court.

Jefferson is averaging 17 points per game on the UA circuit while shooting 52 percent from the field. Primarily a slasher, he has struggled from long-range (24 percent on threes) but has been effective in multiple aspects, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding (six per contest).

From his point of view, the next few months will be critical — particularly during the July live period.

”I’m trying to get some more offers and just get better this summer,” Jefferson said. “I’m working on my ballhandling and my shooting.”

From a recruiting standpoint, a handful of majors have shown interest and a pair of schools have jumped on board with offers.

New Mexico and Ball State have offered,” Jefferson said. “Xavier, Ole Miss, Indiana, Purdue and Michigan are interested. They want to see more consistency in my shooting.”

Jefferson has set an unofficial to visit with the Lobos but doesn’t intend to make a decision anytime soon. As he says, knocking down more perimeter jump shots will compel his suitors to commit themselves to his pursuit. He and SYF will continue competing with Under Armour, including at the New York event later this month.

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