2012's Jefferson Ready For Junior Year

Amile Jefferson

Looking back over a busy summer, one of the Northeast's top prospects from the class of 2012 says he's gained experience and looks forward to applying that to his upcoming junior season. And then there's the matter of his recruiting process heating up. So what does Amile Jefferson have to say about all of that? TDD investigates.

"I think I played well this summer," said Wynnewood (Penn.) Friends' Central standout Amile Jefferson. "I guess the best performance was out in Las Vegas. I was really consistent out there and my team played a lot of games. I felt like I really played as a leader and it helped the team go all the way."

Playing as a leader is something the 6-foot-7, 185 pound combo forward is hoping to build upon as he heads into his junior season. One which may very well be challenging for the five star prospect.

"I think it'll be important to take that into the season. I was able to lead my AAU team, and this year our high school team isn't going to be as good as in years past so we have to implement a new style of play. We need to get up and down the court and run the bigger teams because we won't have a lot of size. It's going to be important for me to be vocal so that I can get everyone playing hard and we all know defense will be a priority."

Leadership isn't the only thing Jefferson has improved upon after spending the summer on the AAU and summer camp circuit.

"My game has evolved more and more. I feel like I can play with my back to the basket but have really worked on being a face up forward. In college I want to play the three so I need to continue to be versatile. I need to be able to put the ball on the floor and drive. I need to be able to get my jump shot more and more consistent from the outside. Just being versatile and continuing to evolve."

That versatility has been attractive to a number of programs including all the local Philadelphia schools, Wake Forest, Stanford, West Virginia, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and Duke. Each of the schools is hoping to continue to build relationships including the Blue Devils who will be sending an assistant coach to the area for an open gym in the coming days.

"Coach Nate James will be coming in for an open gym soon. With Duke the name really speaks for itself. It's a great program and being recruited by them makes you humble, but it also makes you want to continue to work hard every time you step on the floor."

Coach James in particular has been instrumental in Duke's pursuit of Jefferson as head coach Mike Krzyzewski has spent the last few weeks in the Middle East coaching Team USA.

"He's just a a really genuine guy. He's not a guy who is going to blow you up with things that aren't true. He tells you how it is. After visiting them as a freshman for the summer camp and seeing how those guys run and put in the work and how the guys want to play for Coach K, it just humbles you and lets you know what an honor it is to be recruited by them."

As he's entering his junior season the recruiting process will continue to ramp up as Jefferson looks to begin to make visits to the various schools on his list.

"So far I've visited a couple of the Philly schools, but am looking forward to making some visits to the other schools on my list this year. We're actually thinking about trying to get down to Duke for their Midnight Madness. We haven't made any plans yet, but I'm eager to get out and see the schools and the programs up close."

Jefferson is currently rated as a five star prospect and the nation's No. 7 overall prospect in the class of 2012 by Scout.com.

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