Jefferson: "It's A Program On The Rise"

CHICAGO – As senior year winds down, Amile Jefferson is one of only five McDonald's All-Americans to remain uncommitted. See what the five-star forward has to say on his recruitment in this exclusive interview with Pack Pride.

Amile Jefferson is down to five and the No. 22 overall player in's 2012 class is close to making his choice.

After narrowing it down to Duke, Ohio State, Villanova, Kentucky, Temple, and North Carolina State, Jefferson is finally getting a feel for all the programs involved after completing a recent visit to Duke.

Still, Jefferson sees the work that new coach Mark Gottfried has put in this season and holds the Wolfpack in high regard.

"I think it's a program on the rise and now everyone can see what Coach Gottfried and his staff has been able to do in a short amount of time," Jefferson said at the McDonald's All-American game media day on Tuesday. "Taking those guys to the Sweet 16 and seeing all of those guys get better and develop throughout the year was great."

Although postseason basketball has been in full-swing for nearly a month, coaches are still in constant touch with Amile.

"I've definitely been talking to a lot of coaches," Jefferson said. "I still talk to NC State all the time."

For now though, Amile is enjoying the festivities of the McDonald's All-American game.

"The week has been amazing. I'm thrilled to be here and to be named a McDonald's All-American," Jefferson said. "To play against the elite players helps me become a better player in a shorter amount of time. I'm excited to see if it's going to be a sold-out crowd. (Chicago) is a great sports city and to be here and be apart of this game is really an honor."

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