Amile Jefferson: Bold Predictions for Recruit's Freshman Season with Duke

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJuly 23, 2012

Amile Jefferson: Bold Predictions for Recruit's Freshman Season with Duke

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    Amile Jefferson committed to the Duke Blue Devils over two months ago.  The freshman chose Duke over Villanova, Ohio State, Kentucky and NC State. 

    The McDonalds All-American feels that Durham is the proper fit for him.  After all, Duke has a storied program with one of the all-time great coaches.  It was an offer he couldn't refuse.

    As a senior in high school, Jefferson averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds a game.  He looked to be convinced to playing in the ACC, as NC State and Duke were his top choices. 

    It's obviously a strong pickup for the Blue Devils.  Jefferson is a guy who can contribute right away and make this roster even deeper than it is.

    Here are a few predictions of how Jefferson will do at Duke as a freshman. 

Big-Time Minutes

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    Jefferson will be able to provide Duke with large minutes coming off the bench.  He must understand that he will not be an immediate star. 

    That's not saying he won't be productive, however.  There's a chance he could land a starting position as the season carries on. 

    Along with Rasheed Sulaimon, Jefferson is one of the more dynamic freshman in the class.  As long as the work ethic is there, these two could be great players for years to come.

    Jefferson is a versatile, athletic guy who will be able to showcase his abilities on this new-look Duke squad. 

    Expect big minutes for him. 

Jefferson Will Start a Few Games

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    This guy has too good of size, length and athleticism not to start at some point in the season.  Jefferson can find a way to get to the rim. 

    Duke is accustomed to the jump shot.  That is one area that Jefferson hasn't truly perfected in, however.  He has the body control, rebounding ability and touch to make him a starter.

    With all the high expectations, Jefferson can deliver if he has the proper mindset.  This is a whole new stage for the power forward out of Philadelphia. 

The Right Choice Will Be Proven

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    Amile Jefferson chose Duke over some top programs.  This makes Duke look as good as ever.  Coach K still has the ability to recruit fresh, young talent such as Jefferson.  That says wonders for where the program is headed.

    The program will be happy with what Jefferson can provide in the terms of being an all-around player.  He has the scoring ability and he can also attack the boards. 

    Duke is doing just as strong as some of the nation's best.  Programs like Kentucky, UNC, Kansas and Syracuse have always targeted strong players, and Duke has been right there with them.

    According to the CBS Sports list, Duke has the No. 9 recruiting class of 2012. 

Potential for All-ACC

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    If Jefferson plays to his potential, there is the chance he can make an All-ACC team.  While making the first-team can be difficult with a bench role, the power forward has the chance to do so on the All-ACC second-team or third-team. 

    Jefferson will be battling to improve the jump shot aspect of his game, but he's a top recruit for a reason.  Coach K wouldn't pursue him for no particular reason.  The kid out of Philly can play. 

    Jefferson will have the opportunity to dazzle Cameron Indoors Stadium against the tough competition out of the ACC. 

    It's never easy to make an All-ACC team with guys from UNC having great seasons.  Jefferson will need to have an impact on this team. 

    He has the ability to go for 20 points and 10 rebounds.  He also can prove he's worth the hype with the effort he puts into Duke basketball. 

    The McDonalds All-American will certainly have the opportunity for a strong freshman season.