Rondae Jefferson has informed PGU of his commitment to play for the Arizona Wildcats.
“I decided it was the place for me,” said Jefferson. “I told Coach Miller and Coach Book that I wanted to be a Wildcat. They were really excited.”
Jefferson is a 6’7, 215 pound, 2013 small forward prospect from Chester High School (PA). Jefferson is one of the best players in his class, and is a huge commitment for Arizona, joining Elliot Pitts in next year’s class.
Jefferson’s commitment gives Arizona and coach Miller four top 10 players in the past 2 years. And the Wildcats are still pursuing James Young and Aaron Gordon, both top 10 talents, in this year’s class.
Jefferson also continues the trend of Arizona recruiting winners. Jefferson led his Chester High School basketball team to an undefeated season going 32-0 last year and winning a state title. Chester has currently won 58 straight games.
“I want to win,” Jefferson said. “Everything I do is to help my team win, and I really think Arizona is a place where we can win a national championship.”
Jefferson was impressed by all the usual selling points of the Arizona program: winning history, NBA tradition, national exposure, outstanding facilities, and the coaching staff. And Jefferson was equally impressed by the players on the team.
“I got to meet the guys on the team,” said Jefferson. “Arizona is really talented, and I think I could bring a lot to that roster. I like to make plays for my teammates, so I love playing with talented players.”
Jefferson had originally said he wanted to announce his decision on January 3rd, his birthday.
“I wanted to surprise my friends,” said Jefferson with a smile. “But after visiting, I knew this was the place for me so there wasn’t really any reason to wait. The football game was amazing. I’m going to sign my letter in November, so that plan wouldn’t have worked anyway.”
The commitment is a huge boost for Sean Miller’s 2013 class. Jefferson fills an immediate need for Arizona, as both Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom are entering their final year. Jefferson comes in as the only true small forward on the roster, and is expected to see a lot of time at the position along with Brandon Ashley. But Jefferson also solidifies Arizona’s 2013 class, which can build the momentum needed to land other commitments.
Arizona can sell the prospect of playing with Jefferson to their other recruits, who like the idea because Jefferson is known for his play making ability. Jefferson has also demonstrated tremendous ball handling, defense, and rebounding.
“I just try to be active,” Jefferson said. “I try to be around the ball and make plays when needed.”
Jefferson officially committed during his in home visit with the coaches. The commitment comes after two recent visits to Arizona.
“The last few weeks have been very exciting,” Jefferson said. “It’s great to celebrate my commitment with all my family and friends. Bear Down.”