Pack Making A Move With Jefferson

Wynnewood (PA) Friends' Central standout Amile Jefferson is currently rated the No. 21 prospect in the country by Scout.com, a five-star talent who is seriously considering an offer from NC State.

Wynnewood (PA) Friends' Central standout Amile Jefferson is currently rated the No. 21 prospect in the country by Scout.com, a five-star talent who is an ideal combo forward on the next level.

"I see myself as a basketball player," said Jefferson. "I feel schools are looking for me to play the forward positions, but maybe mainly power forward.

"I can exploit mismatches there. If I have the mismatch with a smaller guy I can take the ball in the post and score, but I can also take a bigger guy to the perimeter and drive by him or hit the mid-range jumper. I love being a versatile player."

Checking in at 6-foot-8 and 195 pounds, Jefferson knows that he needs to add strength to adequately play the power forward position in college.

"The No. 1 thing I need to do is get stronger," he said. "I know that's going to be the biggest part of me transitioning to the college level. After that is just working on my jumpshot and continue improving my post moves."

Jefferson is a major cog in Team Philly's attack on the AAU circuit. While the team is going through some growing pains, he believes they will be ready for the stretch run in July.

"AAU has been well," he stated. "I think we've done pretty well so far. We basically have a new team so right now our AAU has slowed down a bit but we've definitely been working. I feel we'll be ready to go for the big tournaments in July. Right now I just have some camps coming up, but we will be back at it in July."

Over the next few weeks Team Philly will be playing in Las Vegas, a Big Shots Tournament, and events in Arizona and West Virginia. Jefferson heads to Texas for an Adidas Nations event on Friday before attending the NBAP Camp next week. He is also going to try and squeeze in at least one Elite Camp this month.

"We're still deciding on the other camps," he said. "We may head down to North Carolina and check out NC State's camp, but right now I think that's the only Elite Camp we're really looking at."

Jefferson admitted that NC State has made up major ground in his recruitment. The new coaching staff has made him a priority and extended an offer with assistant Rob Moxley heading up their pursuit.

"They have come on strong," said Jefferson. "NC State is definitely recruiting me hard. We're going to take a long look at the school and see what they have to offer, but I'm wide open and going to look at most schools right now.

"Right now I have Villanova, NC State, Ohio State, West Virginia, Wake Forest, but a bunch of other schools have been in contact too."

Here are some thoughts from Jefferson on those five programs.

Villanova: "It is a great program. For them to be one of the top programs in our area it doesn't surprise me that kids from Philly want to go to 'Nova. It's great school, and they have a great staff."

Ohio State: "Their program is a lot like Villanova. Everything they do is successful... not just basketball. That's a school that is a place you want to be at because they win in just about everything."

West Virginia: "That is one of the schools my dad has been in contact with more than me, but I know they make the NCAA Tournament a lot and can recruit."

NC State: "I like their coaches. Just being able to talk them was great. I talked to coach Gottfried and the assistant coaches are all cool. Coach Moxley is recruiting me for them. He's a great guy... we always have good conversations when we talk. Plus, they have some good guys in their class already with Tyler Lewis and Torian Graham that are committed. That is a program on the rise in the ACC."

Wake Forest: "I talk to coach Battle a lot, and he's definitely a great guy. He's from our area. Wake Forest is like the school I go to now... it isn't very big, which is good."

Jefferson seems eager to go through the recruiting process. He is wide open and isn't even ready to cut down his list.

"At this time, I do not have a leader," he said. "There are still even more schools I've had good discussions with like Miami, Georgetown, and Syracuse.

"I think that is why getting some visits in will be the most pivotal thing. I'm looking for a visit to blow me away. I want to have the visits and everything done by the fall when school starts so I can have a top three or top five and make my decision based on that."

What will be the biggest factor in Jefferson's final decision?

"Where I fit in the most on the court and of the court," he said. "I'm looking for the best situation for me as a basketball player, but I also want to feel comfortable with the school away from basketball."


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