The Tennessee Tigers travel team had a group of schools following them around last summer on the 15-under circuit. One of the reasons coaches were watching this group of sophomores is dynamic point guard Tavarres Jefferson of Ensworth High School in Nashville, Tenn.
According to the Tigers' head coach Drew Maddox, who was a standout guard for Vanderbilt during his playing days, Jefferson was the best point guard in his age group over the summer.
"Tavarres was as dominant in his age group this summer as any player we played against," said Maddox about the 5-foot-9, 175-pound playmaker. "He is explosive and can handle, shot and create for others at a very high level. Also, defensively he can dominate with his quick feet and great hands. He can get his hands on balls that other players just can't get to.
"I didn't see a better point guard in his class. I'd have to think, he is in the top five or six point guards in the 2009 class."
The schools tracking Jefferson are Clemson, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Alabama, and MTSU has offered a scholarship.
So far this high school season, Jefferson is averaging 23 points, four assists, three rebounds and an impressive five steals.
"Tavarres can be a great college point guard," said Ensworth head coach Ricky Bowers. "He can really do it all. Currently he is a streaky shooter, but he has great range. When we develop some better shooters, he will be more of a penetrate and pitch guard for us."
Jefferson's defensive prowess and ability to guard bigger players along with his knack for navigating the high ball screen are a couple of his most impressive attributes as a prospect.