Former Coach: Davon Jefferson's Early Departure a "Terrible Mistake"

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Former Coach: Davon Jefferson's Early Departure a
There was a general sigh of relief when sources close to Davon Jefferson announced he would be returning his for his sophomore season. But all that relief has turned upside down in the last few days, after a Fox Sports report came out saying Jefferson was to declare for the draft after all, signing with agent Arn Tellem. LA Times added further credence to the claims, reporting that USC spokesman Dave Tuttle was contacted by league representatives who requested Jefferson's biographical information, from which it can be inferred that Jefferson declared prior to the Sunday evening deadline. There are many out there that think Jeffersons early departure may be a huge mistake; that he would have undoubtedly benefited from an extra season under his belt. In 2007 when he was on, he was on, but other times his attitude and play were inconsistent. As quoted by the LA Times, even Jefferson's former AAU coach, Rick Isaacs, thinks Jefferson is heading out too soon. "I think it's a terrible mistake, and whoever convinced him to leave should be ostracized...If he stayed, he'd have a chance to be a top-10 pick and maybe as high as five or six [next year]" Jefferson was USC's second leading scorer in 2007, averaging 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. With the loss of both Jefferson and Mayo, the Trojans stand to incur a net loss of 32.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
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