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What’s Up With Amile Jefferson?

The 2012 Kentucky recruiting class, while not quite finished, is already considered the #2 overall recruiting class nationally (right behind Arizona).  There are still a couple holes to fill, however.  Along with Anthony Bennett, another tall fellow named Amile Jefferson is one of the forward-type players Coach Cal would like to add to fill those holes.  Matt reported in the semi-recent past that he was informed to ‘not be surprised’ if Jefferson chose to be a Cat next year.

But have things changed?

When Matt last stated his info on this kid, Jefferson had trimmed his list to five schools (UK, NC St, Villanova, OSU, Temple).  Apparently there’s been a little bit of movement in this recruitment thanks to that mousy-looking shorty in Durham, NC.  Coach K and Duke assistant Chris Collins watched Amile Jefferson play the other day and he may now be considering the Blue Devils. This is quite an interesting twist, even if UK may still hold a lead for the 6-7 forward’s services.  Check out these quotes from Amile…

“They got in touch with me and my father,” Jefferson told NBE of Duke. “They had been looking [at me during my] . . . sophomore year . . . The school speaks for itself.”

“It means a lot,” Jefferson said of Krzyzewski watching. “He’s a great guy, he’s the best at what he does.”

“I’m still taking my time, [but I may want to] make one soon, so I need to sit down with my father,” Jefferson said.

Hmmm. Duke recognizes you as a talent at a young age, but then kind of forgets about you…and then, suddenly, their head coach shows up your doorstep late in the game. If I were Amile, I’d feel slightly disrespected by Coach K.  Maybe I’m just misconstruing his quote (hey, isn’t that what sportsbloggers are here anyway?), but that’s how I interpreted it. Who knows where Jefferson will end up, but this has certainly made his recruitment a little more exciting.

Amile is currently a 4-star recruit on ESPN & Rivals and a 5-star on Scout.  He has no timetable for his decision.

Source [ZAGSBLOG]

Article written by Chris Thomas

10 Comments for What’s Up With Amile Jefferson?



  1. MIKE
    6:06 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    i can’t wait for shabazz to commit! first comment by the way! BOOYA!



  2. MIKE
    6:07 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    SHABAZZ will be the next to commit after him…just give it time



  3. bbn74
    6:16 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Where is the podcast?



  4. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    6:34 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Do we even have room for him if we’re still waiting for Shabazz? I mean I’m sure we will have room..considering probably 6 guys gone.



  5. UK vs Auburn
    6:35 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Where can you find the game on the Web tonight? Go Cats!



  6. FrigFullofBeer
    6:48 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Unlv only has on schollie left… they have birch and moser, ucla has Kyle Anderson and the wear twins….. Kentucky has everything you could ever want plus on tv 30 times a year! But in the end its Shabazz’s decision. 😉



  7. old_school
    7:05 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Kid has a good relationship with his father it seems like. If a father’s is greedy – he may steer him toward a program that will get him those NBA millions fast. If his father loves him enough to want the best for him long-term – he may steer him toward a place where education is stressed.

    Just saying…

    If he’s the latter – I’d love for a kid like that to come to Kentucky – but Duke will offer formidable competition for kids who value academics.



  8. Dave in Kabul
    7:24 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink


  9. old_school
    7:34 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Neat story about Crean. Loved that he didn’t seek out publicity about this and refused to let it become a huge story lest the boy be exploited.



  10. James
    10:41 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    7. You are a sad little man