Arizona Basketball: 5 Reasons Why Rondae Jefferson Would Be Great Fit
Sean Miller is scouring the country to find the right players to fill out his Class of 2013 recruiting haul.
Miller and his staff have already signed Elliott Pitts, a 4-star shooting guard from Dublin, Calif.
The Wildcats will also get the services of two transfer players.
Duquesne University transfer T.J. McConnell was the Atlantic-10 Freshmen of the Year two years ago and he finished his sophomore season averaging 11.4 points, 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals (No. 3 in the nation) per game.
Cochise College transfer Matt Korcheck (6'9", 220 lbs), who decided to redshirt this season, will bring a hard-nosed, low-post game a year from now.
One of the elite prospects that Miller is targeting is Rondae Jefferson, who is rated No. 14 in ESPN's Class of 2013.
The 2012 Pennsylvania AAAA Player of the Year was on campus this last weekend and, judging by his own tweet, the 6'7" forward from Chester, Pa. had a positive visit.
Here are five reasons why Jefferson would be perfect fit for and an exciting addition to the Cats' Class of 2013:
1. He Would Keep the East Coast Pipeline Flowing
When Sean Miller first came to Arizona, all of his recruiting contacts were from back East.
He grew up in Pennsylvania, went to college at Pitt and was an assistant and head coach at schools on the right-half of the country.
He has more than proven his ability to land elite players from the left-coast (Derrick Williams, Solomon Hill, Nick Johnson, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley).
But personally, I think it is good for the Cats to continue to pull some top-level talent from the other side of the country, too.
Generally speaking, East Coast players bring toughness and grit with their game. Physicality and strength are usually a given.
Jefferson would keep this trend happening for a U of A team that already has Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H.) and T.J. McConnell (pictured; Pittsburgh, Pa.) on board.
2. He Already Plays Tough Defense
If you want to get on the court or stay on the court as an Arizona Wildcat, you better focus on the defensive end.
Even though Sean Miller's approach to the game is balanced, he definitely expects his players to exert maximum effort in stopping the Cats' opponents.
Jefferson comes from a similar type of program at Chester.
Even early in his high school career, he was described as "a defensive force," according to the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia.
3. He Can Play Multiple Positions
Sean Miller likes to recruit players who are not just locked into one place on the floor.
Over the years, Miller has brought in prospects who have position flexibility.
Jefferson has the type of multi-faceted skill set that would allow him to play any combination of the three perimeter positions.
At 6'7", Jefferson has actually played quite a bit of point guard. Can you imagine what that's like in your average high school matchup?
Even if Miller decided to use Jefferson as a small forward, he could still play that role with lots of playmaking capabilities.
4. Strength Is Already Part of His Game
If Jefferson signs with Arizona, he won't have to completely change his physical makeup.
Sean Miller likes his players to be strong and to carry "good weight."
Jefferson, in his ESPN.com bio, is described as:
"a young forward with obvious star qualities. He is a long and athletic lefty with an already strong body that will only continue to fill out."
At 6'7" and 215 pounds, he has the kind of frame that will allow him to immediately become a chiseled specimen under Arizona's aggressive weight program.
5. He Plays with a High Level of Intensity
Even though Tucson is a laid-back location, Sean Miller basketball is anything but laid back.
On both ends of the court, Miller expects his players to push themselves to the max.
Jefferson, through years of competing against his older brother Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, has honed his competitiveness to a fine edge.
Rahlir, a rising senior starter for Temple, has always pushed his younger sibling.
The result has been that Rondae plays the game with a high level of drive and determination.
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