MDAA Spotlight: Amile Jefferson

TDD sits down with Amile Jefferson at the McDonald's All-American Game practice session

CHICAGO – As one of five uncommitted players at the McDonald's All-American Game, Amile Jefferson was a wanted man. It seemed every media outlet wanted to know where the five-star prospect was headed. TDD spoke with the Philadelphia-native at Tuesday's McDonald's All-American Game media day.

The recruiting process is winding down for Amile Jefferson,'s No. 22 overall player in 2012, but the forward is still choosing from five potential choices.

Jefferson lists a top five of Duke, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Villanova, and Kentucky but Duke has come on strong of-late.

"I just finished up my visit to Duke a couple weeks ago and I've taken visits to all of those other schools," Jefferson said.

Duke also conducted an in-home visit with Amile even more recently.

"I did a home visit with Duke about a week-and-a-half ago, which went really well," Jefferson said. "I've definitely been talking to the coaches a lot."

Amile also had more to say on how he feels about Duke.

"Duke is amazing; Coach K is great. We talk on the phone every week or so," Jefferson said. "To talk to him and be on the phone with him and to go to the campus and see the players and to see how hard they play in games was really good."

For now, Jefferson is competing in tough McDonald's practices.

"Practices have been tough; these guys are the cream of the crop," Amile said. "You have to take every play seriously and think about every play physically and mentally or you could get dunked on."

But Amile is also prepared to play in Wednesday night's game. Last year's game at the United Center brought a sold out crowd of 20,018, a McDonald's All-American record.

"I'm excited to see if it's going to be a sold-out crowd," Amile said. "(Chicago) is a great sports city and to be here and be apart of this game is really an honor."

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