MCT REGIONAL NEWS
By Todd Murray
The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.
July 16--Jaylen Bond could never utter a discouraging word about his Philly's Finest AAU basketball teammate, Amile Jefferson.
Jefferson, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from Friends' Central School, in Wynnewood, Pa., is one of the nation's most soughtafter recruits. Rivals.com ranks him 34th in the class of 2012.
"Amile is a great player," said Bond, a 6-7 forward who is attracting recruiting attention of his own. "He does everything well."
The wide scope of Jefferson's game was on display in Philly's first game Friday, at University High. Jefferson pumped in 22 points in a 55-41 victory against the Ohio Shooting Stars in a 17-under contest, at the Triple S Harley-Davidson Jam Fest.
He ran the floor like a point guard, buried three 3-pointers and scored in the post, as Philly's Finest broke the game open in the second half and strolled to a 14-point win.
Jefferson understands he needs to score from the inside and outside to be effective in his college career.
"At the collegiate level, I definitely want to play 1/8small forward3/8," he said. "But I definitely want to be accountable for being able to post up when I have the mismatch. I want to be as versatile as I can be and use as many mismatches as possible."
Bond, who will attend a Con- necticut prep school -- St. Thomas More -- this year, enjoys playing with Jefferson because he's an unselfish player who constantly scans the floor for his teammates.
"We basically all just work together," Bond said. "I work off him. He works off me. We're a good team that plays well together."
Outside shooting has not always been a strength in Jefferson's game. At one time, he was content to score his points on drives to the basket or on moves in the lane.