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Amile Jefferson: Breaking Down Best Fit for Highly-Touted Recruit

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28: Amile Jefferson #25 of the East team moves during the 2012 McDonald's All American Game at United Center on March 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Nick HartCorrespondent IMay 15, 2012

Amile Jefferson is the 25th rated recruit in the nation according to ESPN, and he is set to announce his college decision today.  With the list down to five schools, Duke and NC State are reportedly the clear cut favorites. 

A tremendous player at 6’9” and 200 lbs, Jefferson is a tenacious competitor, and he has a ton of upside.  A lanky athlete, Jefferson has the potential to change the fortunes of all of his top five teams.

Considering the best fits for Jefferson as both a player and a competitor, here are the power rankings for the schools he is considering.





This is a terrible fit for Jefferson, as the Wildcats are already filled with 5-star talent.  Jefferson would struggle to find playing time behind Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress, and Archie Goodwin.  The Wildcats give Jefferson a good opportunity to win a championship, but not a whole lot of opportunity to demonstrate his skills.





The hometown team, the Villanova Wildcats are coming off of a down season.  With Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek electing to turn pro, Jefferson would be able to step right in and contribute.  The Wildcats aren't the best team he is considering, but they give him an opportunity to contribute immediately. 





Duke is reportedly high on Jefferson’s list and is one of the favorites.  However, Duke is a bad fit for Jefferson.  After losing Austin Rivers to the draft, the Blue Devils are looking for someone to replace his offensive production.  They have a deep front line and Jefferson would struggle to find playing time.



Ohio State


This is a solid choice, Ohio State is losing William Buford and Jared Sullinger, and is looking to replace their production.  Playing alongside Aaron Craft and DeShaun Thomas would be great for Jefferson’s development, and he wouldn't be forced to be the top option on the team.  With Jefferson in the fold, the Buckeyes would be contenders for a Final Four berth.



NC State


The Wolfpack are the best fit for Amile Jefferson.  A potential Final Four team without Jefferson, the Wolfpack would be scary with him in the fold.  C.J. Leslie is back to serve as the top option, and Jefferson wouldn't be expected to carry the load.  A deep team, the Wolfpack provide the best opportunity for Jefferson to win as well as develop as a player.

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