Davon Jefferson's recruitment about to re-open

Chapel Hill, NC -- Davon Jefferson is without question one of the nation's top high school basketball prospects. Headed to prep school next fall, his recruitment is about to officially re-open. Jefferson, who averaged 28 points last weekend, won't lack for options. Three schools - UCLA, USC, and Louisville - might have the inside track to land Jefferson's services.

Davon Jefferson was a scoring machine over the weekend at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

He scored about every way imaginable, from powerful dunks to a much improved mid-range jumper. In leading Rich Issacs H-Squad to the championship game, Jefferson averaged 28 points and was clearly one of the top prospects in attendance.

One of the top players in the Class of 2005, Jefferson signed a national letter of intent with UNLV last fall. However, academics will force him to attend prep school next fall.

"I haven't decided yet where I'm going," Jefferson said. "I'm just taking a couple of visits. I visited Mount Zion (Saturday). I'm going to weigh my options and see where I fit in the best."

With Jefferson's recruitment about to open back up, the 6-foot-7 forward said his first option would be to stay on the west coast.

Jefferson might have been the best player
at the Tournament of Champions.

"Schools can't officially talk to me yet because I don't have a release," explained Jefferson. "I've talked to UNLV about releasing me, and they said they're waiting on the athletic director to do it."

However, the matter of a release from UNLV is essentially meaningless in Jefferson's case. Because he won't qualify academically, and will attend prep school, Jefferson's letter of intent to attend UNLV is null and void - meaning he's a recruitable prospect.

Two PAC-10 programs might have the early edge.

"I'll probabably stay local - USC or UCLA," Jefferson said. "I've always liked to go to UCLA but it really doesn't matter what school."

One other option might be Louisville. Jefferson admitted that Louisville was his top choice if he decided to attend college away from the west coast. And now that Marvin Menzies is an assistant for the Cardinals - Menzies recruited Jefferson for UNLV - Louisville seems to have a ready-made connection to one of the nation's top prospects.

"They're one of my top three options right now," Jefferson said of Louisville. "He's (Menzies) the one that recruited me (at UNLV), and I've got a real good relationship with him. If Coach Pitino wants to recruit me, then I'll probably look at that as one of my options."

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