Rondae Jefferson personifies what the quintessential Arizona basketball player is supposed to be. He has talent and assertiveness that matches his potential, a thorough knowledge of the game, and just enough edge and swagger in his game to intimidate opponents.
“It’s a great feeling to know I’m going to the University of Arizona,” Jefferson said.
So it’s no surprise why Cats fans are eagerly waiting for his signed letter of intent on Thursday. With Arizona losing elite small forward Solomon Hill after this season, having another highly skilled wing to take his place seems almost too good to be true.
For as excited as the Arizona fan base is to have Jefferson, the consensus five star recruit out of Chester, Pennsylvania is even more thrilled to officially be a member of a program with such nationwide prestige.
“I’m so excited, I can’t wait,” Jefferson said. “I love the campus and the city, and I can’t wait to play basketball there.”
At 6’7, 215 lbs, Jefferson is the perfect size to play the small forward position and should immediately provide the Cats with a dangerous defensive presence. However, it is not just his skills that will make him a fan favorite in Tucson next season.
Jefferson brings East Coast toughness to his game every time he steps on the floor. If someone is a little too physical or is talking some trash, the small forward isn’t afraid to answer back, although his response usually comes in the form of W’s.
“I just go out there and try to play basketball,” Jefferson said. “I compete hard and try to get my teammates involved, play a team game. At the end of the day we’re trying to get wins.”
The one characteristic that most stands out about Jefferson’s style of basketball and his personality as a whole, is his hatred for losing. So much he hates the feeling of defeat that he has led Chester High School to 58 consecutive wins. The Clippers are poised to win the state title in undefeated fashion once again and are considered one of the top high school teams in the entire nation.
“We take a lot of pride in our basketball in Chester, so we have a lot of people to represent,” Jefferson said. “When we go out there and compete we’re doing it for our families and our home as well.”
While losing a game or two at the college level is inevitable, Arizona fans can be assured that Jefferson will do everything in his power to keep the wins coming.