Standing at maybe 5-foot-6, Damontrae Jefferson clearly faces some impediments to playing big-time Division-I basketball.
But there's one comparison that immediately jumps to mind: diminutive Massachusetts point guard Chaz Williams. He's listed at 5-foot-9 (and he's probably smaller) – but that hasn't slowed him down whatsoever. He's averaged better than 16 points and six assists during his three years with the Minutemen, and he's the primary reason for their 6-0 start.
Jefferson can be that sort of player. He's extremely fun to watch, and he immediately speeds the game up when he's on the floor.
“As a guard at my size, you have to be a push guard, so you can have the advantage because of a lack of size,” Jefferson said over the weekend. “And being a pest on D, because that's my job and that's my role.”
The 2015 prospect from Milwaukee is now at Believe Prep (S.C.) and continues to chase his quest of being a college basketball player. Jefferson has been a fixture on the AAU and camp circuit for a few years, so his game is no secret. He's going to push the tempo, get to the rim, play in transition, and shoot deep 3-pointers. Sure, there are weaknesses to his game, but the guy is athletic, fearless and scores points.
On the downside, there are some rumors about his attitude on the court – as well as his behavior off the court.
“I just want to try to better myself as a point guard, change my character, and become who everyone wants me to be,” Jefferson said. “A lot of people think I'm a bad person, but they don't really know me. So I'm just going to show them the real Damontrae, and not what they are assuming me to be.”
He is ranked No. 112 in the 247Sports Composite.