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THE LIST: Class of 2015 Rivals150
Milwaukee native Damontrae Jefferson is one the most talented guards in the class of 2015. Now, the mercurial four-star is working hard to show everybody what he's really about.
A 5-foot-7 floor general who has been lighting up scoreboards the past few years, Jefferson has made a move to Ft. Mill (S.C.) Believe Prep.
The flashy scorer and playmaker told Rivals.com that he was aware that some coaches and observers feel he has a negative attitude on the floor. He understands that to unlock his full potential he needed to make some changes and getting away from Milwaukee and starting all over at Believe was the first step.
"I'm trying to show people that I can change my image," Jefferson told Rivals.com. "I'm trying to change the way that people think about me and show them that I'm a newer, brighter Damontrae."
One of the quickest players in the country regardless of class, Jefferson makes up for his lack of size with creative ball handling, outside shooting and the belief that he is the biggest and baddest dude on the floor.
In many ways he is similar to current UMass star Chaz Williams. Not surprisingly, UMass has offered -- so have Rhode Island, Southern Miss and Cleveland State -- and they've used the Williams comparison with Jefferson.
"Umass was the first school to offer me and they talked to me about Chaz," said Jefferson. "He was just like me and he went out and proved people wrong so it means a lot that they believe in me like that."
Over the weekend, Rivals.com watched Jefferson at the National Prep Showcase. He was still a high scoring playmaker, but the signs that he is looking to change his style were clear. He encouraged teammates, chatted up refs with a smile on his face, paid more attention to the defensive end and the No. 36 player in 2015 wasn't near as flamboyant in his playing style as he has been in the past.
Jefferson knows that he still has work to do to change minds, but he seems to be well on his way.
"I want people to know that I am more of team player and competitor than they think," said Jefferson. "I'm not just ball hogger or somebody with a bad attitude out there."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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