There is still a chance that the 6-foot-8 forward from California could take classes at the North Carolina prep school in the future, but his career under Patterson coach Chris Chaney as a basketball player is over.
``He's off the team," Chaney said. "He needs to concentrate on his academics."
According to a source close to the situation, Jefferson may commit to a college in the near future so he can focus on his academics.
``There's a chance that Jefferson opts for correspondence courses to gain eligibility as a freshman wherever he decides to play in college," the source said.
There was speculation that Jefferson would try to make the jump from the prep ranks to the NBA after this season, but now all signs point to the former Lynwood (Calif.) standout heading to school – either at USC, Oklahoma State, Kansas or Georgetown.
``He's not ready," said one NBA scout.
``He needs to go to college for at least one year and probably more," added another after a tournament back in November.
Jefferson took an unofficial visit to USC yesterday and, according to Chaney, the Trojans appear to have moved into the driver's seat.
``At the end of the day, it's not about him playing basketball," Chaney said. "It's about him trying to figure out if he wants to go to college or not."