Fast-rising 2019 prospect likes the Rebels early in the recruiting process

Unlike most high school sophomores, D.J. Jeffries isn’t spending his summer resting and relaxing.

Rather, Jeffries is filling his days with basketball, basketball and more basketball. His team, Olive Branch, recently camped at Mississippi State, and earlier this week the Conquistadors were among 33 teams that descended on Oxford for a two-day Ole Miss team camp.

“Right now, during the summer, I’m trying to focus on being a better leader and helping the team win,” Jeffries said. “I’m trying to bring us together as a team more.”

The Rebels are but one of a host of high-major programs already pursuing Jeffries, a 2019 prospect. Jeffries said Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky are looking at him, and the last few weeks have brought offers from Iowa State, Mississippi State, Wake Forest and Texas A&M.

“I’m trying to see who’s got the best focus for what I’m trying to major in,” he said of what he’s looking for in a school. “I want to major in business.”

Honestly, Jeffries has years before he has to start adding to his checklist for the schools he’ll have interest in. One thing is for sure this early in the process, though: Ole Miss is going to be a major player throughout.

“I like that they treat us like family when we come down here,” Jeffries said. “My uncle, he likes Ole Miss. He’s always been an Ole Miss fan. I really like Ole Miss. I see Ole Miss improving. I like the new arena, and I like how they treat us like we’re family. They seem like they take care of you.”

Jeffries said his current focus is on trying to get stronger and add weight. He currently weighs in at 6-7, 195. The more he can add to his frame, the better he feels his game will be.

“I’ve got good court vision, and I can rebound real good,” he said. “I can score good, too. I’m working on my on-ball defense the most right now.”

Recruiting is just getting started for Jeffries. And while he’s starting to wrap his head around all the attention, he’s not quite comfortable with it yet. He does like the in-state schools. Family and home are important to him. But a lot can change between now and the fall of 2019.

“(Mississippi State) told me they’re going to recruit me hard and if I want to stay home, to keep them in mind,” he said. “I like the campus. But I really like Ole Miss because it’s closer to home. Mississippi State is like a two-hour drive.”

His parents will play a role in his final decision. Again, family matters.

“They’re pretty high on education, but they’re pretty much with whatever I like,” he said. “They love Ole Miss.”

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