Another school with a solid chance of inking Amile Jefferson is North Carolina State.
The Wolfpack have signed three McDonald's All-Americans already in point guard Tyler Lewis (No. 44), small forward T.J. Warren (No. 29) and shooting guard Rodney Purvis.
All three recruits are playing with Jefferson on the East Team, giving them all time to bond and learn how to play with each other.
“They are not putting any pressure,” Amile said. “If I do decide to go to NC State, I think it would be a great choice. They are all great guys. Rodney has been my roommate four times this summer and now (in the McDonald’s All-American Game). Building a bond with him has been great.
“I could definitely see myself playing with T.J. and Tyler are the same; they are all great kids,” Amile continued. “When you could play with people who you like off the court just as much on the court, it always leads to good things.”
Jefferson added how Purvis liked Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried and the techniques used in player development, noting how North Carolina State made the Sweet 16 in Gottfried's first year.
Plus, North Carolina State has four bigs who will be seniors next year.
Jefferson thinks that NC State is doing a great job at recruiting, even giving UNC a run for its money.
“Their coaching staff with assistants like Rob Moxley is amazing,” Jefferson said. “The fan base and the support they have is great. You can tell that they want to win. Those fans are so into it, especially on social media. It’s a great place to be and a great place to be right now.”
Jefferson would not only have playing time with the Wolfpack, but he would get top perform with three friends. NC State has a very good shot to land Jefferson.
Bob Bajek is a Chicago Bulls/NBA Featured Columnist. He is also covering the McDonald's All-American Game on site in Chicago. He is a freelance reporter and can be followed on Patch.com and Twitter.