College Basketball

Jefferson commits to Duke

Posted May 15, 2012
Updated May 15, 2015

Five-star forward Amile Jefferson, a senior at Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia, Pa., signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Duke University beginning in the 2012-13 season, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff announced on Tuesday.

“We are ecstatic about Amile joining us,” Krzyzewski said. “He is a perfect young man for Duke University. His educational background at Friends' Central School prepared him so well for Duke, and his high school coach prepared him well to play at Duke. He is going to be able to help us right away. He is a winner, they won four straight state titles, and he is an easy guy to play with because he will do anything to help his team win.”

A 6-7, 190-pound power forward, Jefferson averaged 19.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game as a senior at Friends’ Central. He ranks as the No. 25 recruit and No. 4 power forward in the 2012 class according to ESPN.com, the No. 21 recruit and No. 3 power forward by Scout.com and the No. 36 recruit and No. 7 power forward by Rivals.com.

“Coach K brings an energy to our team that I want to bring back to him,” Jefferson said. “When he looks in my eyes, I want him to see the energy that I see in his eyes.”

Jefferson is the 57th McDonald’s All-American to commit to Duke and the 55th under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He will be one of six former McDonald’s All-Americans on the 2012-13 edition of the Blue Devils. Jefferson is joined in the 2012 class by guard Rasheed Sulaimon, while redshirt freshmen Alex Murphy and Marshall Plumlee are also expected to make a significant impact next season.

“Our class is really four great youngsters with Amille, Rasheed [Sulaimon] and then Alex [Murphy] and Marshall [Plumlee] redshirting,” Krzyzewski said. “With those four guys ready to play, they are going to help us immensely. They are talented and all have great character.”

Duke returns nine letterwinners from a 2010-11 squad that went 27-7 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 17th consecutive season. Jefferson will team with a front court that includes senior forwards Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, junior forward Josh Hairston and redshirt freshmen Murphy and Marshall Plumlee.

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  • jandscroom May 17, 2012

    Amile sucks...C.J WILL take care of him!!

  • dworm84 May 16, 2012

    "And he'll learn to rebound, set screens, and draw charges by flopping. Exactly what he needs to learn to do well in the NBA"

    Ask Lance Thomas how that worked out for him. Oh,let me tell you:

    1 National Championship
    2 ACC Tournament Championships
    A NBA Contract

    I guess rebounding,drawing charges and setting screens has it's advantages.

  • Cook&Jones May 16, 2012

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    WOW! Just when you start thinking that the post's on here cannot get any more ridiculous, somebody else raises the bar. You just won the grand loser prize of the day and you should refrain from further comment in order to avoid making yourself look any more foolish than you already have.

  • Coach K is still GREAT May 16, 2012

    "Well we movin'on up"... ;-)

  • tim17 May 16, 2012

    RE: Jefferson commits to Duke
    Can you say Lance Thomas 2.0.

    Coach K's sales speech to Amile: Hey Amile, we need more talent, the Plumlee's freakin suck and now Mason's coach and dad are trying to tell me what to do, I couldn't even pronounce "Gbinije", and Andre 3000 Dawkins just had a mental breakdown. Come help us try to beat Lehighschool? I promise i'll direct my potty mouth at the Plumlee's and the refs. What do you say Amile?

    Come be like Lance Thomas , he had less talent than you but he is starting in the league. That is more than Barnes can say at the end of next year. K

  • cal008 May 16, 2012

    While I'm sure that Duke is very happy and Jefferson will help them out alot, my beef is with ESPN. I have railed against their "perceived" unbias toward Duke and here is another incident. How is it that Duke's incoming recruiting class, which wasn't even ranked in the Top 25, jumps to #11 with the inclusion of just one more player? I mean, Suilemon is ranked higher than Jefferson (#11 vs #25) and they were STILL outside the Top #25! Yes, I know that the ranking doesn't mean much and of course they might bomb or be great. It just goes to point out that, at least to a fair amount of people that the Duke bias exists IMHO.

  • mike honcho May 16, 2012

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    WOW!, talk about a pitty party, go take a nap, you'll feel better, I promise.

  • senor wuf May 16, 2012

    I was hoping that with Painter transferring, it would help Amile's chances of coming to State. If it had any influence on his decision at all it wasn't enough. Congratulations to Duke and Amile. Hoping that the ACC is gains more strength this year.

    As always,
    GO PACK!

  • ChuckietheChest May 16, 2012

    Can you say Lance Thomas 2.0.

    Coach K's sales speech to Amile: Hey Amile, we need more talent, the Plumlee's freakin suck and now Mason's coach and dad are trying to tell me what to do, I couldn't even pronounce "Gbinije", and Andre 3000 Dawkins just had a mental breakdown. Come help us try to beat Lehighschool? I promise i'll direct my potty mouth at the Plumlee's and the refs. What do you say Amile?

  • IamCallingoutBS May 16, 2012

    i guess he doesn't want to shoot a lot. oh well. have fun running your draft stock down at duke. congrats blue devils. he will help you fight unc off for 2nd place

    Enjoy draft status going down? Have you even watched any of the playoffs? It like a Duke Alumni fest out there. How many State players are doing it up? You guys finally made the NCAA and now your ripping Duke like your superior? Last NCAA NC? Last ACC tournament championship or final season ACC Champion? Dont get to cocky and ahead of yourself State fan, keep hating on UNC, leave our name out your mouth, we have left yours out for the last few decades...

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