Coach Mike Krzyzewski calls Amile Jefferson, the Philadelphia Friends’ Central power forward, “a perfect young man for Duke University.”
He’s certainly a perfect fit for the Duke University basketball team, which can use some help with the departure of Miles Plumlee and Austin River. Jefferson, a McDonald’s All-American, committed to playing for the Blue Devils on Tuesday night, choosing Coach K’s team over North Carolina State, Kentucky, Ohio State and Villanova.
“It came down to me speaking with my family, doing the pros and cons, and making that gut choice,” Jefferson said at a press conference with his parents. The spring signing period ends today. “I think I made a decision for my future. Down the line, I think I'll come to realize what a great decision I made.”
After UCLA landed Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker, Duke came up with one of the last of the big names in the class of 2012. At 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds, Jefferson is rated the 25th-best college prospect by ESPN and averaged 19.9 points and 10.2 rebounds last season for 22-5 Friends. Over his career, he had 1,569 points, 839 rebounds, and 189 blocks.
As Jefferson pointed out, the Blue Devils have a vacancy. “Right now, I don’t think they have a guy at my position,” he said. “I don’t think they have a guy like me.”