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.
The Amile Jefferson recruitment just got a little more complicated.
Alex Schwartz of NBE reports that Duke is now going after the 6-foot-7 Philly Friends Central forward who plans to sign in the spring.
Duke head man Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Chris Collins watched Jefferson play Tuesday, as did Villanova head coach Jay Wright and assistant Billy Lange.
“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.”
Jefferson told NBE he’s now considering Duke, Kentucky, UConn, N.C. State, Ohio State, Temple and Villanova.
A previous report out of Philly indicated he had cut his list to five — with no Stanford or UConn, and Temple a longshot — which really shows that this recruitment changes from week to week.
Some had thought that Kentucky was in the driver’s seat, but with Coach K coming to watch him play, the situation appears to be fluid.
“It means a lot,” Jefferson said of Krzyzewski watching. “He’s a great guy, he’s the best at what he does.”
Jefferson said he still has no timetable on a decision.
“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.
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