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Need to Know: DJ Jeffries


(Photo: Billy Embody, 247Sports)

At 8 p.m. tonight, D.J. Jeffries will announce his college decision. The five-star small forward from Olive Branch, Mississippi is down to Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi State and the Cats are overwhelming favorite. Here’s what you need to know ahead of his announcement.

 D.J. Jeffries

Small Forward 6-7 | 200 lbs. Olive Branch, MS Olive Branch/Team Penny
ESPN: 17 | 4 SF Top 247: 27 | 8 SF Rivals: 47 247 Sports Composite: 26 | 8 SF

He’s another long, athletic wing

John Calipari loves long, athletic forwards he can use in multiple positions, and Jeffries fits that description. At 6’7″, 200 lbs., he’s big enough to take it inside but has a good jump shot. In the past year or so, he’s shed his baby fat, which has made him even more explosive.

Calipari’s visited him twice in the last month

How badly does Cal want Jeffries? He’s been to see him twice in the past month, most recently last Tuesday in the Mississippi Class 5A Semifinals. Jeffries finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks in Olive Branch’s win, which advanced them to the finals.

“Cal, man, he’s been showing major interest,” DJ’s father Corey said on the Jason & John Show this morning. “Major interest. And Tony Barbee is constantly in contact with us and when Cal coached at Memphis, DJ was a big fan. He was a big fan of Cal then and he’s still a fan of Cal now. That’s the thing about Kentucky.”

He led his team to a state championship

On Friday night, Jeffries led Olive Branch to the 5A state title with another 20-point, 5-rebound performance.

He actually wanted to commit after the title game

DJ’s father said his son actually wanted to announced his decision right after the game, but they advised him to wait. His dad also told the Clarion-Ledger that DJ has known for a “few months” where he’ll be going.

He’s EYBL teammates with James Wiseman

Another reason Calipari really wants Jeffries? He’s friends and EYBL teammates with James Wiseman, Kentucky’s top target in the 2019 class. The two play for Team Penny, coached by Penny Hardaway, which brings me to my next point…

He doesn’t want to wait around to see what happens at Memphis

Will Memphis fire Tubby Smith in favor of Penny Hardaway? Probably, but the Jeffries family doesn’t feel like waiting around to find out. If you missed it earlier, Jeffries’ dad doesn’t seem to be a big fan of Tubby, recalling an awkward encounter in a hotel elevator.

“We took a long look at Memphis. We can’t go on ‘ifs.’ It’s kinda crazy, because if [Penny] takes the job, then it would be something to take a long look at.”

Hmm.

DJ Jeffries’ dad says his son has always been a fan of Calipari

Kentucky has 100% of the predictions in his Crystal Ball

Including that of Evan Daniels, who has a 96.5% accuracy rating.

Come on down, DJ.

OTF ? #BBN?

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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16 responses to “Need to Know: DJ Jeffries”

  1. Megan

    So if Penny gets the Memphis job, does that mean we should worry about a de-commitment? Will Wiseman and his father take that long look even after committing to Kentucky?

    1. kenny

      This isn’t wiseman

  2. Han

    Let’s just root for Penny to take an assistant position this summer somewhere. Wouldn’t hurt if we have a spot open up and he takes it.

  3. Smyrna_Cat

    I believe earlier today someone on this sight said 8 CST.

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      Good deal. Thanks.

  4. Smyrna_Cat

    Lets get this going, then!!

  5. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots

    Kentucky’s newest commit needs to be Penny Hardaway.

  6. UKantstopus

    Believe it is 8 est.. 7 cst… regardless, let’s lock him up and start a great 2019 class…

  7. 502CodeRed

    Do you guys really think he’s going to choose Bama or Miss? He’s a one and done. I think we know where he’s going. smh

    1. dismore

      Nah, his composite ranking is 26. Not a one and done. Wiseman will be though.

    2. UK Big Board Update

      The fact that this guy still posts here will not stop being hilarious to me.

      #L1Cwhore

  8. original slappy

    DJ jazzy Jeffries. I hope he comes here simply for this nickname.

  9. Ukcatzfan2

    so CAL went from recruiting the top 10-12 guys to HOPING he can sign a top 10 SMALL FORWARD
    since CAL lost his mojo inrecruiting

  10. gnbkats

    Either that, or he is one step ahead of you… the NBA is probably going to change the one and done like now. This would then mean your top ten guys are playing in the G League or on an NBA roster instead of in blue. So by the time 2019 comes around Jazzy Jeffries could be the number one overall! Obviously there is going to be an adjustment in how we will need to build the program and I bet Cal has already thought this out

  11. CoachCat

    He chose Kentucky