Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 4:28 pm  |  6 responses

Amile Jefferson Commits to Duke

The Blue Devils scored big this afternoon when Philly’s own Amile Jefferson, one of the nation’s top forwards, announced he would be taking his talents to Durham, NC in the fall. Is there a team in the ACC that can now match Duke’s frontcourt–with bigs Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly returning?  From the News Observer: “Amile Jefferson ended months of speculation, and weeks of waiting, by choosing Duke on Tuesday. The McDonald’s All-American forward from Philadelphia gives the Blue Devils a boost in the frontcourt and makes them one of the favorites to win the ACC in 2013. Jefferson, 6-7 and 190 pounds, led Friends’ Central to its fourth straight state title this season. He averaged 19.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. He’s rated as the No. 25 overall prospect in the class of 2012 by ESPN’s Dave Telep. Jefferson chose Duke over N.C. State, Kentucky, Ohio State and Villanova. “

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  • ctk

    He wont make any kind of impact

  • I’m J.J. Redickulous

    @ctk. Kind of like your comment on his game? No kind of impact.

    The kid can play simple as that.

  • TheKid

    I agree. His versatility will be great for Duke. Hell definitely impact games and by impact not specifically talking about scoring. He brings a ton to the table.

  • Justin

    Dook can have him, he is very overrated. Plus, he’s is a forward who is going to dook which means his role will be to set screens, draw charges and rebound. It would be to shoot the 3 constantly, but this cat can’t shoot worth a flip, so scratch that. He won’t hardly get to play next year because he will be behind Plumbob #2 and Ryan Kelly. I suspect a transfer coming after his freshman year once he realizes what a dumb decision he actually made. I mean when these guys look at a college, don’t they consider the history of players who played their position at that school? Like he said, “Man dook hasn’t had a big man reach his talent in over a decade. They have had a ton of AA’s but none of them ever did much. Singler was NPOY, now he’s overseas immediately after graduating. Their post players coach was a point guard – wojo. Hmm, yep, think I will go there!” Ha have fun in hell Amile.

  • Ryan

    ^^^ hater smh

  • ManofSteelo

    @Jason You make some valid points, to be sure, but this kid’s playing big minutes for Duke next year – just not sure where. Yeah, he can’t shoot consistently if you paid him, and is on the Kevin Durant weight-gain plan, but can do all the little things you mockingly mentioned, which will ultimately guarantee booku PT. More athletic than stretch-4 Kelly and WAY more skilled than either Plumlee, bet Jeff takes starting 3 spot and runs with it. Across-the-board stats will be underwhelming, but dude has won in every respect in HS and will continue to do so here. Only question is whether he’s 6’7” or 6’9” (depending on the report); has length for days, though, and will have to use every bit of his savviness and basketball IQ to cope with the ACC’s bangers until he fills out. Ultimately, more upside than Tony Parker and a better fit than Shabazz Muhammad, as far as team chemistry goes. Should be a true student-athlete, also – hope he can find something else to major in besides Sociology, though . . . .