Maurice Jeffers knew he couldn’t sell himself to college recruiters on what he’s already done. Rather, the 6-foot-8, 200-pound Coolidge senior center made coaches imagine what he could do in the future, and that hooked plenty of them – including Delaware, which got an oral commitment from Jeffers on Wednesday.
After averaging just 4.4 points per game while focusing on establishing his defensive presence last season for Coolidge, Jeffers “really blew up” this summer, according to Coolidge Coach Vaughn Jones, while playing travel ball with Virginia Assault. Three players from that travel team – including O’Connell’s Larry Savage – signed with Delaware last November and will be freshmen in the fall.
Jones added that he understood why coaches found Jeffers so appealing. When he played at George Washington, Jones said he saw two of his tallest teammates – centers Yinka Dare and Alexander Koul - blossom in college before playing professionally.
“After the first live [recruiting] period of this spring,” Jones said, “people started really focusing on his upside, his potential. He’s a 6-8 guy with a 7-foot wingspan. If you have that, coaches are willing to wait for big men [to develop]. They’re not really going to wait for guards.”
Jones said Jeffers also had offers from VCU, Tulane and Old Dominion, and that he has already met NCAA initial eligibility standards.
“It kind of took him a while to come into his own,” Jones said, “but now I expect him to have a big [senior] season.”
Jones also said 6-3 senior guard Khalen Cumberlander, Coolidge’s leading scorer last season, has scholarship offers form Mt. St. Mary’s, Niagara, Central Connecticut and Radford.