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Amile Jefferson wants to be one of these guys

Amile Jefferson just announced that he’ll be taking his talents to Krzyzewskiville to play for the Duke Blue Devils. No word on whether or not he plans to change his last name to Plumlee.

Moving on…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

114 Comments for Amile Jefferson wants to be one of these guys



  1. UK Wildcat
    4:06 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    So we’ll end up playing him this year in Atlanta, right?



  2. tyty
    4:07 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Amile Who?



  3. SeoulCat
    4:07 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    His soft game will fit in nicely there. I’m happy about this decision. This opens up the door for Harrell. Bring on mini-Shawn Kemp.



  4. Sean
    4:07 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Alright BBN, no messing with this kid on twitter, we don’t need that foolishness…



  5. Smyrna_Cat
    4:08 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    No big surprise.



  6. Kentucky Gentleman
    4:08 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Oh well. He was the most overrated recruit since that Bennett guy anyway.



  7. Hazard Kidd-Katt
    4:09 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Nope, no surprise, especially given Noel’s Tweet to Montrezl Harrell over the weekend.



  8. RYNO
    4:09 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Why did I think he said NC State first? That USTREAM feed sucked.



  9. buzzard
    4:09 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky is not for everyone



  10. RYNO
    4:10 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    6) Your sour grapes are showing.



  11. tltaworl
    4:10 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    This announcement felt like Kentucky football to me. You dread it all week, it gets to the day and you tune in because you are a fan. Then at the last min you think maybe, maybe, and then reality sets in and we lose.

    Oh well, at least its over.



  12. emlang08
    4:10 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I thought he was off to State for sure.

    Amile, Your coach will be neglecting you momentarily while he is taking his coaching talents to London!

    In Worse news, DUKE might not suck just as Bad as I was hoping they would next year.

    Good News is – Noel, Goodwin, Poythress, Wiltjer, Cauley, Mays, Harrow and Company Meet DUKE on Nov 13th in Catlanta at the champions classic!



  13. Ian
    4:11 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Honestly very happy about him going to Duke. Harrell is the type of PF we need for next year. Big, strong, able to bang down low. plus he is very raw, which means he will stay awhile.. at least 3 years I’m assuming…. Bring him out. #BBN



  14. eric
    4:12 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    First?



  15. UKBlue
    4:12 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Good for him, he was overrated anyway; he can add to the history of irrelevant players to come out of Duke. If you listen close enough, you can hear the sound of his NBA lottery number falling.



  16. All the Best
    4:12 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    All the best to the young man.



  17. kywildcat
    4:13 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    How far has duke fallen huge get for them, not a loss for uk at all.



  18. Ridge Runner
    4:13 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Hey…hey…where is the dude (far left)…where is his…..where is HIS LEFT HAND?

    So thats how they umm… obtain chemistry at Duke. Alrighty then, moving along indeed.



  19. Steely Dan
    4:13 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    14) Not quite.



  20. PT
    4:14 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    butthurt much UK fans? buahahahahaha



  21. Bradley
    4:14 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Good luck Amille. See you in Catlanta. 🙂



  22. Kevin G.
    4:14 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Funny how all of BBN wants a recruit, but when he chooses a different school he is “overrated and soft”… same for bennett. Grow up BBN! We all wanted this kid and he went to our nemesis, but let the sour grapes go!!!!!!



  23. Beas
    4:15 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to Jefferson. Kentucky did sign a recruit today though. Storm Wilson (Somerset) will be attending UK to play baseball. Next!



  24. Bigbluecalizone
    4:16 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    No worries. If this “Flopping” crackdown that’s about to occur in the NBA trickles down to the college level, Duke will have to terminate their basketball program within 3 years anyways.



  25. Ridge Runner
    4:16 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know if I’m just getting used to Cal spoiling me or not. But I only get down when we lose a 5-star. So, umm….I’m actually ok.



  26. Bradley
    4:16 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    20. Yeah. Crushed. Needed a BACKUP at the 3-4 bad. lol. Again, good luck to the kid.



  27. Will S.
    4:16 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    HAHAHH!!! LAETTNER CURSE CONTINUES! SEE YA’LL IN ATLANTA MINUS NOEL!!!



  28. RYNO
    4:17 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    22) I’ll gladly second that.



  29. Jimmy in Charleston
    4:17 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Wow I am shocked. Duke is going to be very, very good next year.



  30. kyrobman
    4:18 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    We can’t get em all. Good Luck to the Kid. We want the kids that want to play here, for a proven coach with solid fans (Rabid some may say).



  31. Bradley
    4:18 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    22. Speak for your fn self on who “we all” wanted. Your other point is correct, but so obvious because every single fanbase does it, that’s it’s a wasted of time pointing it out.



  32. Nick da Shooter
    4:18 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    LETS GO DUKE! LETS GO DUKE! LETS GO DUKE!



  33. RYNO
    4:18 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    23) We got Storm? HELL YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH BABY!!!!



  34. Eric K
    4:18 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Hope he like’s riding the bench behind those plumlee’s! His lose! GO CATS!!



  35. Katmancsm
    4:19 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Good luck to you young man. We wanted you, but follow your dream.



  36. Cory
    4:19 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    To all those screaming ‘sour grapes’ b/c ppl are looking to Harrell, have you paid any attention to the comments here? Sure we were all watching to see what he would do b/c UK was involved, but if you look at the play styles, Harrell is a better fit.

    Add to that the fact that Nerlens is tweeting Montrezl, not Amile. UK was a longshot AT BEST. The only reason we were mentioned as an option is because it’s UK and Calipari has a way with recruits. But when you look at the facts of Nerlens tweeting Harrell and Amile’s dad not even coming to the UK visit, the writing was on the wall…it isn’t sour grapes.



  37. kyrobman
    4:19 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    27) You will wish you never had been born after that game in Atlanta.



  38. Ridge Runner
    4:19 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    31…to the point & deflates everything others said. nice.



  39. RYNO
    4:20 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    31) Well who did you want instead of Jefferson? Going down the list of unsigned players, the pickins are pretty slim.



  40. Lou eaton
    4:20 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Actually Duke needed this guy more than we do. I wish him well and he will be able to be the man at Duke. We simply cannot expect (as much as I wanted to see him at UK)to get all the five star players. My guess is that Cal is not done yet………



  41. RYNO
    4:21 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    36) Sour grapes. What if Harrell doesn’t get his release from VT, or he doesn’t come to UK? Even if you think Harrell is a better fit, having Jefferson signed would have been a nice “backup plan” don’t you think?



  42. Eric K
    4:22 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    IN CAL WE TRUST!! GO CATS!!



  43. UK Wildcat
    4:24 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I think its funny how Duke fans have come over here to gloat. As if managing to hang on to a recruit you’ve been all over for years after Kentucky becomes interested in the week or two leading up to his decision is some kind of big victory. Its like admitting that you thought there was a legit possibility Amile Jefferson would have chosen UK despite our extremely late arrival in his recruitment, because UK is so obviously a better destination for top high school talent.



  44. Kevin G.
    4:24 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    The SECOND that Harrell chooses someone other than UK, the entire BBN will call him “soft and overrated.” Grow up, kids.



  45. Kevin G.
    4:25 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    43) Actually, Duke came on even later than we did. Coach K didn’t start contacting him until November/December.



  46. Duke sucks
    4:26 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Funny the same ones hating are the same ones talking how great he was when we missed on Bennett. We can’t get them all. We have a good PF next year anyway. Remember that Wiljer kid. Anybody we get now will be for depth. Hope no one blows up his twitter please.



  47. RYNO
    4:27 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    40) Jefferson wasn’t a 5-star recruit, and Cal is done, except perhaps the addition of another transfer (Montrezl possibly) because there simply isn’t anyone else left in this class worth recruiting. It’s not horrible though. I think they’ll be fine either way. This year’s only going to get them to 2013 gracefully anyway.



  48. barn
    4:28 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    cal ain’t quite done yet



  49. 57goldtop
    4:28 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lehigh.



  50. Blue Virus
    4:29 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    He wants to be gay?



  51. Cory
    4:29 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    41) of course it would’ve…hence the reason we were watching. but that doesn’t change the fact that many here would prefer Montrezl, and reason enough for us to move beyond Amile. Had we landed Amile, we would’ve been out for Montrezl. I’d rather take my chances.

    I’m a gambling man.



  52. Greg
    4:30 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    18) lol.

    Yes, this kid wasn’t a 5 star.



  53. RYNO
    4:30 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    48) Who’s left? The kid who committed to Virginia Tech, Montrezl is about it, and I’m sorry but he’s not that great. Next year’s team will be good. Stop worrying about it. Kevin G is a troll, but in this case he’s right. People get themselves so worked up over these kid’s decisions that you take them personally. It’s kinda silly.



  54. Seim
    4:31 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Did he died?



  55. Dollar Dave
    4:32 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Nice pickup for the floor slappers. Can’t blame him; I doubt he’d see much time behind Poythress. Missing out on Bennett hurt; this, not so much.



  56. Ridge Runner
    4:32 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    54) Remember, use drugs sparingly.



  57. BigBlue
    4:32 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I think Montrezl would be MUCH better for us…hopefully VT releases him and we can snap him up!



  58. Some Guy
    4:34 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I am actually one of those not wanting anyone else that will affect next years scholarship numbers. Next year will be monster. But we can go ahead and win this year with who we got.



  59. me
    4:35 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Are those guys holding hands?



  60. Duke sucks
    4:35 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    #45 I guess you talk to “coach K” daily right. I agree over about the sour grapes but to say Duke got involved after UK is just stupid. He was treated like a back up plan untill a week ago.His leaders has been Duke and state all alone meaning Duke has been very involved . Looks like you are the one with sour grapes.



  61. Greg
    4:36 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Thats nothing. see 18’s comment.



  62. RYNO
    4:39 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Devonta Pollard is probably the only guy worth offering at this point.



  63. Will S.
    4:39 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    “I think Duke offers a rare combination of elite academics as well as elite athletics”…. Now THAT is something UK nor Calipari could EVER offer!!!



  64. Ridge Runner
    4:41 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    63- We offer “legacy” which permits you being on this board illustrating jealousy.



  65. Smyrna_Cat
    4:41 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    THis is being blown way out of proportion.

    Most UK fans knew that Jefferson wasn’t all that interested in UK … and UK didn’t seem to recruit him all that hard.

    I didn’t think we would get him, and I don’t think it makes any difference.

    I would prefer to save the scholly for next year.

    Personally, I think Hood will do as well this year. Wait and see.



  66. Duke
    4:46 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Coach k taking uk’s sloppy seconds yet again



  67. BingleJells
    4:46 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I think Alex Legion is available.



  68. Will S.
    4:46 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    64) Duke and UK both have legacy. Duke has the better and more accomplished coach (See: 4 NT’s and a Gold Medal, almost 2). But we offer academics. Calipari doesn’t even bother selling his recruits on academics. Duke is in a different stratosphere than UK when it comes to academics…



  69. CatManDues
    4:47 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    63, you been slammed by ridge. see ya.

    I agree with many. This isn’t that big of a deal. Yes, we would have taken him and he is a good 4 star that could have added depth. But we will be fine and we have all the significant holes filled. Remember, Cal doesn’t play that many guys anyway.



  70. Will S.
    4:47 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    And if Harrell cant get out of his LOI and/or wont be eligible for 2012-13, all UK fans will rip him to shreds and say they didn’t want him. Typical.



  71. Will S.
    4:48 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I think duke is a sh it hole and coach k is a rat face donkey humper



  72. Will S.
    4:48 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    By the way, how’s that Nerlens Noel investigation going? LMAO!



  73. UK_Coach
    4:48 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Good Luck Amile.

    Not sure why our fans try to place the term backup or even try to claim to know who our top priorities are with recruits. Only the coaches and players really know what is going on.

    Setting ourselves up to feel great if they pick us or look stupid if they dont. Not so much this one as no one really expected to get or were really enamored with Amile Jefferson based on internet reports (and the derby festival attendance) but with Anthony Bennett, Lyons etc..

    IMO if we would all trust in our coaches, get excited when we hear about a potential recruit(s), but stop trying to label certain kids as top priority, or will be a back up at a certain position.

    Lose out on a so called Top Priority and look bad.. Especially when you turn right around and label a new guy the top priority.

    I know this wont help, there will still be dumb twitter people, there will still be labelers of Backups, top prioroties, etc… But maybe, just maybe someone will read this and it make some sense.

    Sorry for the ramble. destroying soap box now. Thanks KSR.
    Your site Rocks!!!



  74. tltaworl
    4:49 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    63. UK offers the Kentucky effect. Look into it.



  75. CatManDues
    4:50 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    68, gain some knowledge there dookie. We tie Vandy in our league in academics for our players. Yes, we will give you the academic nod overall but we hold our own.

    However, Puke is not in the same league as we are in basketball…period. Further, how is Puke doing in the Capitol One standings? yeah, thats right…UK is #2 and overall we are killing your school.



  76. Will S.
    4:50 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I like all duke fans enjoy to come home and take advantage of livestock



  77. Will S.
    4:52 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    So let me get this straight— BBN is thrilled to get a 3-star, mid-major scrub…. but they don’t care about a 2-time Pennsylvania Mr. Basketball and McDonalds All American??

    The logic of BBN….



  78. MikeMan
    4:52 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Who is this Will S. guy? 1. We just won a national championship. 2. you are a Duke fan. 3. the recruiting class we currently have is ranked #1/#2 – did you miss that?



  79. Will S.
    4:53 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Also— we just produced the NBA Rookie of the Year!



  80. Will S.
    4:54 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Here at duke we have a long tradition of being human douchebags



  81. Will S.
    4:54 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    And another thing…… CHRISTIAN LAETTNER! Swish baby!



  82. Justin
    4:55 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    ya the rookie of the year came from duke… but he kinda… DID NOT EVEN PLAY AT ALL AT DUKE CUS HE WAS INJURED.



  83. HenryEarl
    4:55 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    73. Well said



  84. MikeMan
    4:56 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Nat’l championship > NBA rookie of the year, no?



  85. Will S.
    4:56 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Im Will S And hope to take my duke degree and one day work for enterprise rent a car
    One day I may even manage my own branch

    Living the dream



  86. Will S.
    4:57 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a UK fan and i married my cousin, live on a farm, and am morbidly obese.



  87. Mark Liptak
    4:58 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Get Harrell and all this will be forgotten.

    Mark Liptak



  88. MikeMan
    4:59 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Jay-Z & Ashley Judd agree



  89. Will S.
    4:59 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Like I always say if u cant beat uk then take advantage of a donkey



  90. Duuuuuude
    5:01 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Most any other team out there would love to have Wiltjer on their team as a starter. He will be stronger and more experienced this year. A strong bruiser to share minutes in that spot would be great, but it is not like we are fielding a team with 4 players.



  91. Will S.
    5:02 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I am from New Jersey. Yeah. New Jersey. Eat it. Well maybe you shouldn’t eat. I am from New Jersey.



  92. Blue Virus
    5:03 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    So much for Cal “cheating” to get players.



  93. CATS
    5:04 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    #78 – Well if the 2-time Pennsylvania Mr. Basketball and McDonalds All American was a shooting guard maybe we would’ve went after him harder. However, he isn’t, so this argument is invalid. Plus, the 3-star transfer gives us more experience that we desperately needed. I’m sure UK is perfectly okay with taking a 3-star recruit to go along with the 3 5-star recruits we already have and a 4-star recruit. I don’t know how we are going to manage.



  94. LoganBleedsBlue
    5:04 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Why would anyone want to play bball for that rat face coach k when you could play for coach cal. Does he not like national championships, lottery picks and yogurt?!!!



  95. Blue Virus
    5:04 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    87- but I f’d your mom. That makes you the son of a obese, cousin f’ing farmer. You proud?



  96. Justin
    5:05 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky National Championships – 8
    Duke National Championships – 4
    Duke has also put zero people into the NBA hall of fame.
    Just thought those were interesting statistics Will S.



  97. WKYDUDE
    5:11 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Who raised the rock and let all the Dukies out?



  98. Kyle
    5:13 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Kevin G……..I would hardly consider a 80 or 90 people on a blog the entire BBN. Me personally all I wanted was another person who can shoot the ball cause that’s what we really needed I believe we will be fine this coming up season



  99. LexDoc
    5:24 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Amile Jefferson to Dook. Wish HIM the best and wish Dook an early exit in the NIT.



  100. NashvilleCat
    5:27 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    First



  101. Mason Plumlee
    5:59 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Me and Wojo can’t wait to slip a log in Amile.



  102. Laker Cat 18
    6:13 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    This decision today likely dropped him out of the NBA lottery. He’s not one and done material anyway. LOL.



  103. Wild Turkey 101
    6:23 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Are they all holding hands in that picture?



  104. Catsincebirth
    6:31 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Willy Cauley-Stein will be much better than everyone thinks.
    The staff likes him a lot and he will give us some significant minutes
    next season.



  105. bleedblue
    6:38 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    hope we destroy them in tournament



  106. wouldacouldashoulda
    6:56 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    “This was the best school, the best fit,” Jefferson said in an announcement at his school. “Right now, I don’t think they have a player at my position. I don’t think they have a guy like me.”

    I think the best situation based on the above statement would have been Ohio State…do not think he would have been happy at UK… skill level was there, but wrong kind of personality to help this team be successful…



  107. Glad
    7:18 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Im glad he is coming to uk. We don’t need a player with a girls name!!



  108. Glad
    7:19 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Meant that glad he is NOT coming to uk.



  109. Troy in Louisville
    7:49 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Remember fellas; Duke is a “traditional” school, we are not.



  110. Wojo
    8:29 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t wait to grease him up.



  111. Hoosier Wild Cat
    9:52 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Best of luck to you.



  112. B Howard
    10:57 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    UK fans are so predictable that its really comical. When a recruit commits, he is great, talented,smart, etc. When he goes somewhere else, he is overrated, lacks intelligence, and not really wanted anyway. Comedy!!!!!



  113. letsroll76
    4:25 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Seen Amile in derby classic there was about, lets say ,75 ky fans there to watch Jefferson so come on back off the kid .GOOD LUCK AT DUKE AMILE