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Source: Amile Jefferson is 60/40 Duke Over N.C. State
Philly Friends Central forward Amile Jefferson is still mulling his college options, but at least one source close to the recruitment believes it will come down to Duke or N.C. State.
“I think it’s 60/40 Duke,” the source said.
In this interview with FiveStarBasketball.com, Jefferson lavished praise upon Duke and Coach K.
“Duke’s a great program, it pretty much speaks for itself,” Jefferson said. “Basketball, academic-wise and really all walks of a college experience, that’s really one of the places you would want to be.
“Playing for Coach K has to be amazing. He’s one of the, or if not the best, college coach there is, so to be able to have a chance to play for him, you know they’re going to have a chance to compete for a national championship. You know that you’re going to get better playing under him because he really coaches you and really cares for his players. So you really have to take a real hard look at them because it’s just a great school.”
Duke already has a pledge from 6-3 Houston shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon and is also involved with 6-6 wing Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2012, and 6-8 forward Tony Parker.
Jefferson is publicly saying he’s also considering Villanova, Ohio State, Kentucky and UConn, but the source said the family has privately said it’s either Duke or N.C. State.
“When I finally make my decision,” Jefferson said, “I will definitely feel some pressure go off of me.”
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