FSN Expert Take: Amile Jefferson

The Blue Devils picked up a second commitment in the class of 2012 this week when Philadelphia's Amile Jefferson chose Duke. TDD spoke with FoxSportsNext's Brian Snow to get a run down on the player and the process.

Soon after Jefferson's announcement, Snow offered his thoughts on the extended saga that was the newest Blue Devil's recruiting journey: Jefferson Kept Them Guessing.

A day later, Snow sat down with TDD to offer some additional thoughts:

TDD: Were you surprised that Amile Jefferson ended up picking Duke?

Brian Snow: Honestly, I wasn't too surprised that he opted for the Blue Devils. Throughout the process it always seemed that Amile had a soft spot in his heart for Duke and Coach K.

That being said, I'm not going to sit here and say that I knew the decision was coming, because I didn't. Nobody did. At the end of the day I don't think anyone would have been surprised to see him pick North Carolina State either.

What about his game will translate and allow him to contribute early on at Duke?

Simply put, he rebounds the basketball.

Rebounding translates from high school to college more than any other skill in my opinion. Since Amile is such a good rebounder, I think he will be able to provide the kind of pressure and production down low that Duke has lacked at his position for the past few years.

On the flip side, what's going to be the biggest adjustment for him?

He needs to get stronger. If he has to play minutes in the post he could struggle on the defensive end because bigger guys are going to have a strength advantage on him. He'll need to get a lot stronger and that'll be an adjustment because it takes time.

Given that Alex Murphy reclassified from 2012 to 2011, and he redshirted with Marshall Plumlee;. how would you rate Duke's 2012 class nationally if those two players were included?

It's definitely a top 10 group, and more likely a top five class. It's tough to know for sure since we don't know where Marshall or Alex would be rated i this class, but if you go on their 2011 rankings you have a class of four kids: two five star players and two four star players. That may not crack this year's top three, but it would probably have a strong case to be No. 4, which makes sense. Of course, as I said, it goes back to where Murphy and Plulmee would rank and compare with the rest of this class.


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