The toughest part of evaluating young players is guessing how they will translate to the next level. We can look at how they perform at camps and showcases, but even that ends up being insufficient at times. For these reasons, I like to compare players to players with similar bodies and skill sets and how they translated to the next level.
Amile Jefferson is one of the top unsigned players in the class of 2012 due to the potential associated with both of those factors. He has cut his list down to Kentucky, NC State, Vilanova and Duke. For our purposes here, we will look at the City of Brotherly Love product by comparing him to Blue Devils of the past.
For comparisons sake, here are Jefferson's vitals (according to ESPN):
- 6'7", 190 pounds
- Power Forward
- Frame is lean but has a lot of potential.
- Rebounds well, works hard on the inside.
- Feathery touch around the rim, needs to develop a better outside game.
Here are five former Duke players that should be considered when looking at Jefferson.