Arizona signee Rondae Jefferson, a five-star recruit, is the future at small forward for the Wildcats. Above is a video of what that future looks like.
Jefferson, from Chester (Pa.) High School, delivered this dunk in the Pete and Jameer Nelson Classic Friday night in his hometown. He grabbed the defensive rebound, started the fast break, went behind the back with his dribble to get past one defender, avoided others as he reached the lane, scooped the ball off the backboard to himself, caught it with his left hand … and slammed it home.
Jefferson later would go on to win the game in the final seconds with a spin move in the post and a reverse layup for a 63-61 victory over Imhotep Charter. Quotes from Jefferson and more details about the game are here at DelcoTimes.com.
With Arizona losing Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom after this season, Jefferson will have a chance to immediately shine at small forward.
“Rondae is a physical player; he’s a winner,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said last month after Jefferson had signed his letter-of-intent.
“Chester High School and 4A basketball in the state in Pennsylvania … that’s as competitive as anywhere in the country. He’s a warrior.
“He’s similar to Solomon in that he can do a lot of things. He can handle the ball. I think he has a chance to be a great defensive player. He’s long; very unselfish; can pass. A player that I think is a great teammate.”
Jefferson and 6-5 shooting guard Elliott Pitts from De La Salle High in Concord, Calif., are the two players who signed with Arizona in November. Pitts is rated a four-star recruit from Scout.com and a three-star recruit from Rivals.com.