banner
Duke

Jefferson brings energy with a smile

Posted January 18, 2013

Coach K Court might as well be a candy store for Amile Jefferson because the six-foot-eight freshman can't stop from flashing his pearly whites whenever he steps on it.

"He'll be a fan favorite," says Duke senior forward Mason Plumlee. "He loves to look over at the crazies and get them going."

"This is the game I love, I came to Duke for that reason," says Duke freshman forward Amile Jefferson. "To be out there, to bring that emotion that coach gives, and give it back to him. He gives us energy, I want to give it back. The crowd gives us energy, I want to give it back."

Fialko: Duke's Amile Jefferson bringing energy to game Fialko: Duke's Amile Jefferson bringing energy to game

If a smile is contagious, then the Devils may very well be infected.

"He can give us an emotional boost, but his play is really good also," says Plumlee.

And lately, Jefferson's brought nothing but frowns to the faces of his opponents.

Jefferson net ten points on Saturday while pulling down 10 rebounds in 28 minutes, both career highs, against Georgia Tech.

"I'm always smiling, but when you're on the court, you gotta fight," says Jefferson. "You gotta play with that energy, but you can't let the other guys think you're too happy!"

"He was on the boards, he played good defense, and he's got a good feel for scoring," Plumlee said in response to Jefferson's 6 point, 10 rebound effort against the Yellow Jackets.

"He's maintained a great attitude," says Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. "He started the second half and looked like a kid who has started for awhile."

Jefferson is certainly stating his case for an increased role with Ryan Kelly still sidelined.

Meaning the highly-recruited McDonald's All-American may soon be grinning like a Cheshire cat.

2 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 19, 8:38 a.m.

    Jefferson seems like a good guy and he may be the silver lining in the cloud of Kelly's injury.

  • mike honcho Jan 18, 6:49 p.m.

    Keep smiling Amile, and keep playing the way you are!
    Stop getting silly fouls though....

    GO DEVILS!

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 9:30 am on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 9:30 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Green Bay at New Orleans

    Tomorrow at 8:25 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
7th
SFG 11
KAN 4
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
Final
WASU 37
ARZ 59
 
Final
CLEM 16
SYR 6
Final
LAMON 18
TXST 22
 
Final
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 34
Final
COLST 45
WYO 31
 
Final
LSU 10
MISS 7
 
Final
TENN 20
ALA 34
 
Final
AUB 42
SCAR 35
 
4th
PSU 14
OSU 17
 
Half
UTAH 10
USC 14
 
2nd
WASH 0
ARST 0
 
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
Final
TOR 1
BOS 4
Final
NYI 7
DAL 5
Final
PHI 4
DET 2
Final
OTT 2
NJD 3
Final
MON 3
NYR 1
Final
STL 3
CHI 2
Final
NAS 0
PIT 3
Final
MIN 7
TAM 2
2nd Intermission
ARI 1
FLA 1
 
2nd
CAL 1
WAS 2
 
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14