Plenty Of Interest

Several coaches and other onlookers crowded around Team Final's first game at the Hoop Group West Virginia Jam Fest on Thursday hoping to get a look at Class of 2013 prospect Rondae Jefferson.

Those folks went away disappointed, however, as Jefferson stayed on the bench. He wore a warmup top over his jersey and shorts, but stayed on the end of the bench in open-toed shoes all game.

Jefferson later revealed the rest was due to tendonitis in his shooting elbow.

"It's pretty sore, so the doctor just told me to rest it up, see how it feels in a couple days," the five-star forward said.

While Jefferson missed out on a chance to show his stuff to the coaches from several schools that were in attendance at Morgantown High School, he has had no problem getting noticed when he has stepped on the floor.

Jefferson quickly reeled off a list of schools that have shown him serious interest when asked. Those schools included (in the order he mentioned them) West Virginia, Temple, Rutgers, St. Joseph's, Villanova, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Cincinnati and Oklahoma. "And a few others," Jefferson added after rattling off those names.

At 6-foot-6, 185 pounds, Jefferson fits in nicely at the small forward spot. Indeed, ranks him the No. 7 player at that position in the Class of 2013.

Like many of the other players on Team Final, he gets out in transition quickly and effectively, running the floor very well. He is a solid passer and rebounder.

But Jefferson admits there are areas he must work on as well.

"I've got to get my jump shot together and [improve] my strength," he said frankly.

Jefferson, a native of Chester, Pa., and a star at Chester High School, has been in Morgantown each of the last three years. Chester participated in the Primetime Shootout high school tournament in town in each of the last two seasons, and now Jefferson's AAU club is part of the Hoop Group event.

Thus, he is familiar with WVU's facilities and Morgantown in general.

"I think it's pretty cool," Jefferson said. "They've got nice facilities, and it's a nice area."

Jefferson is being recruited by Mountaineer assistant coach Larry Harrison, though the recruit initially could not recall Harrison's name when asked who he was staying in contact with at WVU.

Jefferson said that doesn't mean he and Harrison don't talk.

"I talked to him before I went to LeBron camp," the forward said.

Harrison should have time to make his case for Jefferson to come to West Virginia, as Jefferson claims to have no early favorites. Further, he said he does not plan to make an early decision.

When asked why he had mentioned the Mountaineers first among those who have shown him interest, Jefferson was forthright.

"I don't know. It's probably because I'm here in town," he said. "But I do like West Virginia."

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