Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Amile Jefferson is down to five schools, according to a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The 6-foot-7 Jefferson told the paper he’s considering N.C. State, Villanova, Ohio State, Kentucky, and Temple. Stanford is out and Temple is a long shot.
Villanova coach Jay Wright and an N.C. State assistant watched Jefferson Friday night when his Philly Friends Central team beat Neshaminy in the Jameer Nelson Classic
Multiple sources close to the recruitment told SNY.tv that Kentucky is in good position now, yet N.C. State is also a possibility.
“I think they have a great program going there,” Jefferson told FiveStarBasketball.com of N.C. State. “Coach [Mark] Gottfried and his assistants are great. Then being able to get those players there and recruit … They definitely have a future. That’s a school on the rise and having those guys [T.J. Warren, Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis] really means something.”
Villanova and Temple are the local schools who have long coveted Jefferson.
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.