Jefferson picks Arizona
Last month, Arizona hosted Rondae Jefferson on an unofficial visit. Last weekend they hosted him officially. Thursday night, Jefferson hosted the Wildcats staff for an in-home visit and gave them good news.
While hosting Sean Miller and his staff at an uncle's home, the 6-foot-7 five-star prospect from Chester (Pa.) High went ahead and made a verbal commitment.
Jefferson's summer coach with Team Final, Rob Brown, confirmed the news.
"They probably prioritized him more than anybody else," Brown told Rivals.com. "If we were playing there was an Arizona t-shirt across the way. Coach Miller was at all of our games at Peach Jam and Coach Book (assistant Emmanuel Richardson) really did a good job. They just made him feel wanted."
Ranked as the No. 16 player in the class of 2013, Jefferson is a versatile small forward. He's big enough to allow a team to go small by putting him on the interior, or a team can play big with him on the wing because of his ability to handle, pass and defend at a high level.
There will be playing time opening on the wing when Jefferson arrives in Tucson, and that available playing time certainly didn't hurt in the process.
"I think they are graduating some players at his position and it opens up wide open for him to step in and play right away," said Brown. "He likes the way they open up the floor, get out in transition and run."
On top of that, Miller and his staff have made it clear that they just want him on the floor looking to make plays.
"They want him to be Rondae Jefferson," said Brown. "They want him to make plays, rebound and defend multiple positions. They aren't really telling him that he'll play one specific spot."
Had he wanted to, Jefferson could have dragged his decision out into his senior season like he'd initially planned to do. But, he's found a home with Arizona and went with his gut decision.
"He got a good feel and he went with his gut decision," said Brown. "Arizona was the only official visit he took and he felt like it was the right fit for him. He felt it's a good place and he wanted to get over with and focus on his senior season."
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