Jefferson A Hot Commodity

Amile Jefferson led the 2011 NBPA Camp in scoring, and the five-star forward did it in a variety of ways. Capable of scoring in transition, along the baseline, or from the perimeter, Jefferson is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenders.

Amile Jefferson led the 2011 NBPA Camp in scoring, and the five-star forward did it in a variety of ways. Capable of scoring in transition, along the baseline, or from the perimeter, Jefferson is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenders.

He talks about his game and recruitment in this exclusive Q&A with Pack Pride.

What was your goal going into the NBPA Top 100 Camp?
I really wanted to be assertive going into the camp. I wanted to take initiative and play well, play hard and smart.

I like to impact the game in any area possible whether rebounding or defensively. This week I was able to do it by scoring... my team needed me to score a little more and that's what I did.

Going in most believed your team, the Mavericks, had one of the better rosters. Were you surprised by the lack of success?
I thought we had a really talented team. I think a lot of things attributed to not being as successful as we wanted to be. We didn't play the defense we should. You can blame that on chemistry, not helping on screens, things like that. The chemistry really wasn't there, and it was tough.

You never know how it will be going to those camps so you must play your hardest and help the team win as many games as they can.

T.J. Warren helped you out by posting solid scoring numbers. What are your thoughts on how he played?
I thought he played really well. I knew T.J. from before so he was one of the few I knew what he could do coming into the camp. He can score very well, and he's very skilled... a good player.

You scored the ball all weekend and did it in a variety of ways. Do you try to be as versatile as possible?
I definitely try to be. If a guy is too big or too slow I can take him off the dribble, or if he is too small he will have trouble controlling me on the baseline or on the block where I can post-up or get offensive putbacks.

I'm confident I can score regardless of who is on me.

You also did a great job of running the floor and scoring in transition.
Sometimes I wanted to get out in transition, especially because we were playing at such a slow pace early on and it was tough for us to get baskets. One easy way to score is to get out and run.

Our coaches stressed that to us this week, and it's what I wanted to to do. Playing the four-spot most of the time those guys are bigger and slower, and I'm able to really get out in transition.

What are your upcoming plans for camps?
This week I'll take a couple of days to rest, and i'm going to see how my finger heals up. I'll be in Chicago for the Kevin Durant Skills Academy this upcoming weekend.

What about unofficial visits?
We were going to take a visit down to NC State but some issues came up and we weren't able to make it. We're going to try and make it down there very soon because I really want to check them out.

Where do you stand with offers?
I have a lot of offers right now, and I'm really just weighing my options. I think a big factor will be taking these visits and seeing where I feel the most comfortable.

Which schools stand out as far as recruiting you hard?
I think Villanova is recruiting me hard. I think NC State is recruiting me hard. Maryland, Miami, and Wake Forest... they do a great job of recruiting me. Stanford too... a bunch of schools.

Villanova has been on you a very long time. What are your thoughts on them?
Villanova is a great school with a great program. They've done a wonderful job recruiting guys out of our area. It helps because I can pick their brains about how they like the school and why they picked Villanova.

NC State is another program you consistently list. What are your thoughts on them?
NC State is a great program in the ACC. They have a couple of guys committed already that are really good players, and I enjoy talking to their coaching staff. I'm hoping to get down there for a visit soon so I can learn even more about the school.

What are you looking for in a school?
I'm looking for a place I can definitely play that combo forward position. I want to create mismatches and have that impact on the game and feel comfortable on and off the court.

Also I'm looking for a place that has good academics.

Do you have a timeframe for making a decision?
Right now I don't. I'm hoping if I can take the visits I want to take I can have a good list of schools to choose from... find that place I really want to be at.


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