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Jefferson sorting through process
Things are going well for four-star class of 2013 wing Rondae Jefferson. The 6-foot-6 small forward is off to an excellent start this season for Chester (Pa.) High School, and is now beginning to sort through the recruiting process. "We have played two games and we're 2-0," said Jefferson. "In the first game I did okay, and as a team we played together and won by 15. In the second game we won by 25 over Constitution with Savon Goodman. I had about 16 points, a couple of assists, a couple of rebounds, and a couple of blocks so we have started off pretty good." Known as one of the more productive wings in the country due to his ability to rebound, score going to the rim, and dish out assists, Jefferson says that he is now paying attention to the one part of his game that has been missing in the past. "I worked on my jump shot the most since the summer," Jefferson explained. "I know that is what I have to do to get better and help my team win." When it comes to his recruitment, numerous schools have either been by to see him play, or have been staying in touch over the phone. "A couple of coaches have come to see me," said Jefferson. "Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut have come by, I have talked to St. Joe's, Temple, Villanova, Syracuse, Texas, Oklahoma, and some other schools." Getting attention from the Big Five schools in the city of Philadelphia is something that Jefferson relishes, but he is trying to keep a clear head about everything. "There are a lot of people wanting me to go there so they could come to my games and everything, but I try not to worry about that," said Jefferson of the Philadelphia area schools. "I just want to wait until the time is right, but it is an honor to be recruited by those schools." When it comes to the Pitt Panthers, they have done a good job in the past of recruiting the area and Jefferson is familiar with the program. "Pitt is telling me how I fit real good in their system," said Jefferson. "I also know Nasir Robinson and John Johnson and they tell me Pitt is a good place. Also I like the way they play, and feel I would fit in well." With Syracuse, the Orange have a style of play that appeals to Jefferson, and some former Team Final members such as Rakeem Christmas and Trevor Cooney also are already on the team. "I like that they play the 2-3 zone," said Jefferson. "I don't know exactly why the play the 2-3, and I am going to ask their coaches that, but I think it fits in well with what I do and that it is a good system to play in." For now Jefferson is taking everything slowly in the process, but he is making sure to pay attention to several factors when it comes to his decision. "I am looking for a place that I feel comfortable," said Jefferson. "I just have to feel like it is a great spot for me. When I talk to the coaches I really listen to them talk about stuff just besides basketball, I think that is how you develop a good relationship with them."
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