Jefferson In No Rush

After a tremendous NBPA Top 100 Camp, five-star power forward Amile Jefferson is being heavily tracked in July by a number of high-major programs. The Pennsylvania native recently spoke to Pack Pride on the latest in his recruitment.

With July under way, Amile Jefferson started the month at the LeBron James Skills Academy, matched up with some of the best players in the country.

"It's been a great experience. I'm playing with a bunch of talented players. We're going against some of the best players in the country," Jefferson said. "Being able to be coached by these great coaches in the NBA, collegiate and high school level is great. And to hear LeBron speak and to play with him is amazing."

While at NBPA Camp Jefferson was asked to do plenty of scoring, at LeBron, Amile was teamed with two of the best scoring guards in the country in Ricardo Ledo and NC State-target Rodney Purvis.

"It's definitely been pretty much a different game. I'm playing with two of the top guards in our class," Jefferson acknowledged. "It's definitely changed. I'm trying to affect the game in as many ways as I can. Sometimes it's hard to get the ball to score. So you have to defend somebody, talk (on defense). Basically, anything to help us win."

Currently, Amile has a number of schools in the picture. Jefferson mentioned Villanova, Maryland, UConn, Ohio State, Stanford, Miami and NC State as the schools he is most interested in. He'd like to take some visits after July, as well.

"Hopefully I can get a visit up to Ohio State and I want to take a visit to Maryland. And hopefully get a visit down to NC State also," Jefferson said.

While NC State has a new coaching staff, new coach Mark Gottfried has worked hard to build a relationship with Jefferson.

"It's been great getting to know Coach G. I get a chance to talk to him on the phone and he sounds like a really genuine guy so I'm looking forward to coming down there," Jefferson said.

There will be plenty of factors in the mix as Amile chooses a school.

"It's definitely the overall picture. It's been tough for me. I spend hours awake at night thinking about it. Sometimes I wish I could go to more than one school," Jefferson admitted. "But you have to pick one, and that one you pick, you have to make sure that it's the right one. You don't want to end up being at a school and one year in and you wish you chose another school. That's why I'm taking my time to look in-depth at schools."

Amile has thought in-depth on the recruiting process, but at the moment maintains no favorites.

"Not right now, but there are definitely schools that I will take a close look at."


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