By Jeff Borzello
Amile Jefferson went into the NBPA Top 100 camp in Virginia with the mindset of giving 100 percent effort and impressing everyone.
When Jefferson injured ligaments in his left hand and the trainer told him not to play, it remained to be seen what sort of week he would have.
Jefferson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Friends Central (Penn.), bounced back to lead the camp in scoring, putting up 20.8 points per game. He scored at least 20 points on four occasions, which is even more impressive considering there were only fourteen 20-point performances from the entire camp.
“I just needed to bring intensity and play hard,” Jefferson said. “It’s been tough for me since I messed up my finger in the second game.”
Jefferson is a very difficult match-up for most defenders, given his size, length and athleticism. He is lanky and needs to add strength, but he can post up around the basket or knock down shots from the perimeter. Jefferson runs the floor well and can also take opponents off the dribble.
After his performance at the camp, Jefferson has risen to No. 14 in the CBSSports.com/MaxPreps rankings. Plenty of schools are on his trail.
Currently, he is hearing from Villanova, North Carolina State, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Stanford, Connecticut and Temple.
Although many people think Jefferson might be leaning toward hometown Villanova, he insists there is no favorite.
“I’m wide open,” Jefferson said.
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