Jefferson Gives Pitt A Look

Chester (PA) standout Rondae Jefferson has a lot of options for the next level, including in-state Pitt.

The LeBron James Skills Academy played host to a number of talented prospects from around the country. One of those talented prospects who got an invite was Chester, Pa., native Rondae Jefferson.

"When I was told that I got invited to LeBron, I was pretty excited," Jefferson said. "I had never been to a Skills Academy before. I heard there was a lot of coaches that are going to be here. It's a great time for me to get more exposure. It's a very big deal."

The competition at the camp is what most prospects go home telling their family and friends about who they got to play against. That was one of the first things that Jefferson talked about, when explaining the Skills Academy.

"The competition is the best," Jefferson added. "The coaches want the best players here from the Class of 2013, 2014, 2015. I'm just excited to be here and playing with these guys."

Playing for the reigning Pennsylvania state champion Chester, Jefferson has experienced the game he loves on a big stage, in his state's highest classification as well. Despite that, he had an interesting take on making the jump from what he's used to, to the competition he faced in Akron.

"It's like a different type level (at Chester)," Jefferson said. "With AAU and high school, it's like 'I'm the man, and everything revolves around me.' With this, there's a lot of kids ranked higher than me in a lot of stuff. I just have to do what I do best, and do it hard."

Jefferson isn't the first player from Chester High School to be on Pitt's radar. Pitt signed Nasir Robinson in its 2008 recruiting class. Since he signed on, Robinson has been an integral part of Pitt's success during his entire career. Jefferson has taken notice.

"One of their players is like a brother to me, Nasir Robinson," Jefferson added. "I talk to him a lot. Jamie Dixon is a good coach. I like how they run."

With Robinson there, Jefferson does say that it adds a different element to watching the Panthers on TV. He wants to pull for Robinson, but at the same time wants to learn more about the Panthers. Somewhere along the lines, he's found himself becoming interested in Pitt a little bit.

"It has me fired up when I'm watching (Robinson)," Jefferson adds. "I'm yelling at the TV, and yelling stuff like, ‘Go Nas!' It's pretty exciting to see somebody where I'm from on TV doing great things."

Since they are local schools, Jefferson has taken unofficial visits to Temple, St. Joseph's and Villanova. He also lists schools such as Rutgers, Kentucky, North Carolina and Syracuse as schools that have expressed an interest.


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