Jefferson: "It Was A Great Experience"

Five-star combo forward Amile Jefferson took an unofficial visit to NC State this weekend and left impressed with the Wolfpack.

Five-star combo forward Amile Jefferson took an unofficial visit to NC State this weekend and left impressed with the Wolfpack.

"It went well," said Jefferson. "Great actually... I really liked spending time with the coaches. That was great. It was something I wanted to experience because of how hard NC State has recruited me.

"Most of the players hadn't come back yet for school, but I wanted to get down there anyways and get a feel for the campus. Overall, it was a great experience, and I picked up a good vibe from the school."

Jefferson visited NC State with his father, Malcolm Musgrove, and had a chance to tour the Wolfpack's facilities.

"I thought the facilities were amazing," he said. "The RBC Center was great. I really liked checking that out.

"I was able to also learn more about their program and really got a sense of how dedicated their fans are. From the vibe I got, I could tell that they are eager to get things rolling and want to get the program off to a fast start."

NC State assistant coach Rob Moxley is recruiting Jefferson for the Wolfpack, and Jefferson pointed out that they have a strong relationship. He also stressed that this weekend was really the first time he got to spend a lot of time with head coach Mark Gottfried. What did Jefferson think of the Wolfpack's first-year head coach?

"Actually, spending time with him was big for me," he said. "Coach Gottfried seems like a real genuine guy, and that's what I like about him. He's a family man, and that was great to see because it lets me know that he has the player's best interest in mind.

"I was able to learn more about his background and it helped me become even more comfortable with him and his expectations for the NC State program."

Rated a five-star recruit and the No. 3 power forward in the country by Scout.com, Jefferson is versatile enough to play both forward positions. Gottfried is expected to implement the UCLA High Post Offense at NC State, and Jefferson, who checks in at 6-foot-9 and 200 pounds, learned more about the offense over the weekend.

"We watched some film of what they do in their UCLA sets," he said. "I was able to see players who play my position, to get a feel for where I would be and how I would be successful in that offense.

"Overall, the coaches were letting me know how I fit their style of play. They want to get out and run at times, but I would be able to come off screens, post-up, work the elbow. I could be an effective ball player in that system."

According to Jefferson and his father, NC State has made him a priority. The Wolfpack were present for all of his games during the July Evaluation Period, and that left an impression.

"As of now I don't have any other visits planned, but I wanted to get down to NC State and get a feel for the school because of how hard they are recruiting me," he said. "It was great to see them at all the games. That's something you notice as a player, and it was a little humbling for me to see a school like NC State, a big-time ACC school, at every game."

Jefferson holds offers from programs such as NC State, Villanova, Ohio State, St. John's, Maryland, Stanford, and UCLA among others. He pointed out that as of now he remains wide open and has no timetable for making a decision.

"As of now I don't have a top list," Jefferson stated. "There is so much going on right now that I can't even have a list. NC State is definitely recruiting hard, 'Nova is recruiting me hard, and so is St. John's.

"We're still working things out. For now, I'm focused on my game and trying to get even better as a basketball player."

Jefferson has been picked to play in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 which will be held on August 27th in Venice Beach, California.


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