NBPA: Amile Jefferson Spotlight

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- Amile Jefferson grabs your attention right away. His level of activity, and resulting productivity, is hard to miss.

"When you're out there, you've got to try and max out, not just do one specific thing; try to do multiple things as well as you can," said the engaging rising junior from Philadelphia (Pa.) Friends Central. "Try to rebound, try to block shots, try to get an offensive rebound. If you're out there for five minutes, you should at least try to get one or two offensive rebounds, a block, a steal, an assist.

"Maybe all that doesn't come in those five minutes you're out there, but you should at least try and push yourself to do things and then scoring will come and come a lot easier."

That mindset is reflective in his play, as Jefferson is seemingly involved in every play on both ends. The 6-7, 195-pound forward racked up double-digit scoring efforts in a couple games, and even when he wasn't scoring he was making an impact crashing the boards, running the break or defending the rim.

He's presently in limbo between positions, with power forward instincts but not power forward bulk, and a developing skill set away from the basket.

"I definitely want to be more of a small forward that posts rather than a power forward," Jefferson explained. "I think I'm making that transition now. I'm handling the ball more, making better decisions, working off the block, facing up more, shooting that J, knocking down the three when it's there.

"Right now I definitely need to get stronger. Strength is definitely of vital importance, but also working on my ball handling skills and my mid-range jump shot – for it to be a consistent J."

His phone was ringing off the hook this week as college coaches were finally able to directly contact the 2012 class.

"I've gotten a lot more interest, especially the last couple days," he said. "On June 15 coaches could call and so that was a busy day for me.

"My first call was from Wake Forest, then I got calls from Florida State, Ohio State, Penn State, Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown, Texas, Stanford, Temple, Penn, Lasalle. It was a lot -- a busy day."

Jefferson didn't receive a direct call from UNC on the 15th, but the Tar Heel staff did contact his coach this week and it was a noteworthy inquiry in Jefferson's eyes.

"North Carolina gave a call to my high school coach, so that was really exciting," he said. "I was very excited, (to hear) from a school like that that's at the pinnacle of college basketball; they have such a program, I was honored and excited. To be a part of a program like that would be unbelievable."

"I believe that's an initial interest-type thing, but they've been out to my school before early in my sophomore year."

A busy July awaits Jefferson on the AAU and camp circuit, as well as his participation on the Adidas Nation's tour. Once he gets through the summer, he's going to begin working toward narrowing down his college options.

"We'll probably start taking visits in the fall and get a feel for schools, see what I like and come up with some sort of list," he said.

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