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Amile Jefferson could be on verge of decision

Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:34 am

By Jeff Borzello

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the past couple of months, it has seemed like Amile Jefferson was on the verge of making a decision.

This time, he might really mean it.

“It’s getting close,” Jefferson said over the weekend. “I’m hoping it’s soon. It’s day-to-day. We’re going to sit down and give each coach one more call.”

Jefferson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Friends Central (Pa.), is ranked No. 13 in’s Top 100. He is considering five schools heading into the home stretch: Villanova, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Kentucky and Duke.

“There’s a lot of pressure,” Jefferson said. “You get the pressure from fans. There’s no more courting. People want you to make a decision.”

Duke is one of the schools getting plenty of attention with Jefferson the past few weeks. Mike Krzyzewski turned up the heat on him recently, becoming a major player in his recruitment after sniffing around for a while.

The Blue Devils are squarely in the mix.

“Duke was always a school I had interest in,” Jefferson said. “I’ve been talking to Coach K. You go there, you know you have a chance to compete for national championships and play with some of the best players in the country.”

Before Duke was one of the finalists, Jefferson had taken official visits to Villanova, Ohio State, NC State and Kentucky – but not to Duke. In fact, he hasn’t seen the Durham campus since his sophomore year.

However, it doesn’t look like that will hurt the Blue Devils’ chances.

“I don’t think so,” Jefferson said. “I’ve seen a lot and I talk to coach K and coach [Chris] Collins a lot.”

Is Duke the new favorite? We’ll see by the end of the month – maybe.

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Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:22 pm

Amile Jefferson could be on verge of decision

Ya go ahead and pick one of those schools and I will personally wish you nutn but bad times. Getn tired of the same schools getn the best players. It's almost like these schools have more scholarships to hand out than others. NCAA needs to limit how much blue choppers a school can have. It's called fuckn parody

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:27 pm

Amile Jefferson could be on verge of decision

Of course the author only ask about Duke as if t hey are the only team that matters in this recruitment.  I hate the way these 'journalist' try to sway the opinion of these kids with their one sided reporting.  NC State has been on the top of his schools since the fall and there was a great deal of buzz that he was committing to NC State in the fall yet you'd never know it reading the articles being published today.  Amile has keep NC State in the mix and has great things to say about the team, the coaches, and the program. It is at best 50/50 right now and asking is Duke the new favorite is like asking if Ohio State or Villianova is the new favorite.   

Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:00 pm

Amile Jefferson could be on verge of decision

I would love to see Jefferson come to KY he would fit in really well but he is one of a few 2012 recruits that are considering the Cats and coach Cal needs just 1 more high profile recruit to again have the number one recruiting class in 2012. I  would like to see a quality person come to the Wildcats not just a great player so if Ky signs 1 or 2 more high profile players in the 2012 class i hope they are all around good people and good students(not that means a lot with the era of the 1 and done players).

Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:33 pm

Amile Jefferson could be on verge of decision

NC State has been recruiting Amile for a while and we too are "squarely in the mix".  Can you smell the popcorn popping?

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