Five star forward visiting Lexington

Top 20 2012 five star forward to join wing guard Gary Harris on campus for an official visit this weekend.

Gary Harris is not the only five star prospect visiting Kentucky this weekend. John Calipari's staff will also host Amile Jefferson.

Scout says of Jefferson, "A long, wiry combo forward, Jefferson is a good (player) with a terrific upside. At this point he's a power forward that must add strength to his 6-foot-7 frame. He runs the floor well, has a great set of hands and has the ability to face up and score. Always looking to score, Jefferson has a good-looking jump shot and impressive touch around the basket."

While 6-7 may not seem like a huge power forward, height is not the only factor to consider. Perhaps more important than a player's height is a player's wingspan and reach. Lengthy wing spans and reaches allow shorter players to play much taller than their listed heights.

Kentucky has come on strong for Jefferson this fall, and may be in a good position to land the forward from Philadelphia.

Last summer Jefferson really impressed at the NBA Camp, leading the camp in scoring.

Scout's Evan Daniels wrote of Jefferson at the time, "Playing on a team that also included T.J. Warren and Andre Drummond, not many would have expected Jefferson to lead his team in scoring, much less the entire camp, but Jefferson did just that. The 6-foot-8 wiry forward prospect showed he could score in a variety of ways and he used his face up ability to attack the rim and score loads of points in transition. He finished averaging 20.8 points per game."

The description Daniels provides of Jefferson may leave Wildcat fans drooling over the thought of Jefferson replacing Terrence Jones in the dribble drive motion offense.

Jefferson's skill set could allow him to play either forward spot, and ultimately develop into an NBA type small forward.

Scout ranks Jefferson as the fourth best power forward in the class, and considers him to be the 20th best player overall.

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