Rondae Jefferson: 5-Star Forward Reportedly Commits to Arizona

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 13, 2012

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The Arizona Wildcats basketball program has hit yet another jackpot with the commitment of 5-star forward Rondae Jefferson. 

The news comes from CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello:

Miller and the Wildcats struck again in 2013, as Pennsylvania native Rondae Jefferson made his commitment during an in-home visit on Thursday.

Arizona was thought to be the heavy favorite in his recruitment for the past few months, and an official visit to Tucson last weekend secured his decision. After he returned from the trip, a commitment seemed imminent.

And the rich get richer. 

Arizona's 2012 class is coming in as one of the most highly touted in recent memory. Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett and Kaleb Tarczewski give the Wildcats arguably the most intimidating young frontcourt in the nation, while shooting guard Gabe York should constantly have fans up out of their seats. 

With the addition of Jefferson, it appears as though Sean Miller's 2013 class is well on its way to repeating that success. 

Jefferson, whom Rivals ranks as the 16th-best prospect in the Class of 2013, is often mentioned among the most versatile players in the country. 

At 6'7", 200 pounds, Jefferson can certainly make a living down low in the college game, but his ability to take opponents off the dribble and set teammates up makes him the prototypical slashing small forward.

The youngster's shot still needs a little bit of work, but with the way the Wildcats are set up to look for the 2013 season, Jefferson—who Arizona fans can only hope will mimic another small forward from UA named Jefferson (Richard)—appears to be the perfect fit for this budding national powerhouse. 

Not only is this addition good news for everyone in Tucson, but it's an encouraging sign for the Pac-12, which appears to be returning to elite status after multiple down years featuring mostly watered-down talent. 

The Wildcats beat out Florida, Rutgers, Texas, Temple, Syracuse and Memphis for the services of this tremendous talent out of Chester, Pa.