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Monday / March 19.
  • Amile Jefferson Nearing Decision Time

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    Amile Jefferson, the highly sought after forward from Philly Friends Central, is nearing a decision.

    The 6-foot-7 Jefferson will sit down with his family next Sunday (Nov. 13) upon his return from an official visit to Stanford and discuss his options.

    Jefferson is considering Stanford, Villanova, Temple, Kentucky, N.C. State, Ohio State and UConn, his father told Sunday.

    “Stanford next weekend and then that’s its,” Malcolm Musgrove told by phone Sunday. “We’ll try to wrap this up shortly.”

    Jefferson and his father took an official to N.C. State this weekend and watched the Wolfpack football team down North Carolina, 13-0.

    “It was our second time going there,” Musgrove said. “This is our first official, so he had an opportunity to meet with the players. He already had an opportunity to see the facilities and meet with the coaches, but not an opportunity to meet with the players.

    “It was an overall good weekend.”

    N.C. State is on something of a recruiting roll, having landed 6-7 Brewster (N.H.) Academy wing T.J. Warren last week. He joined guards Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis in a class that is now stacked with guards.

    “What a recruiting class they have [with Warren],” New York recruiting expertTom Konchalski said. “They have all the perimeter spots sewn up. They have as good of a perimeter recruiting class as anyone in the country.”

    Jefferson also visited Temple last week for “Cherry and White Night.”

    “He did go to Temple, spent a few hours there,” Musgrove said. “He did say his enjoyed his time.”

    Now there remains just the one official to Stanford and then it will be time to discuss his future.

    “Now we’ll sit down and decide on what he wants and what he doesn’t think is remotely of interest and we’ll go from there,” Musgrove said.

    “Sunday after we return from Stanford we’ll sit down and go over the remaining schools.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • Fingers crossed… Any school would be lucky to have Amile as part of their basketball team and student body.

    • Syracuse is his best bet for both an education and a Wesley Johnson type ticket to NBA. Keep in mind I’m a Cornell Grad, but he’s crazy not to go to the ‘Cuse. It’s a no brainer. NC State?? Sounds like the kid is under poor influences not geared towards his future as a pro. I like the way he plays, He’d fit on the hill. Lets Go Orange, I can see it now.

    • Run with the Pack…Amile!