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ESPN: Five-star wing Rondae Jefferson to Arizona

[blackbirdpie url=”″]’s Dave Telep was the first to report Thursday that Arizona landed recruiting target Rondae Jefferson (Chester, Pa./Chester) with a verbal commitment.

Jefferson, ESPN’s No. 14 prospect in the Class of 2013, chose Arizona over Florida, Texas, Rutgers, Syracuse, Memphis and Temple. Jefferson’s brother, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson stayed in Philadelphia to play for Temple.

Rondae Jefferson says his favorite player is fellow Philadelphia product Kobe Bryant, who he tries to model his game after (YouTube)

“When you go away you can really focus,” Jefferson told Telep about leaving the Philadelphia area for college. “You don’t know anybody, you have to learn. It makes you really focus.”

Since losing the seventh game of his sophomore season, Jefferson’s Chester team has won 58 consecutive games and a pair of state titles.

Arizona coach Sean Miller, a native of Pennsylvania, recruited the city when he was at Xavier, according to Telep. The Wildcats were the pre-summer favorite to land Jefferson and the courtship culminated with an in-home visit Thursday evening where Jefferson committed. Jefferson’s commitment moves the Wildcats to No. 8 in the updated ESPN class rankings for 2013.

Telep writes that this recruiting season the Wildcats have addressed the perimeter and the hybrid small forward position. Elliott Pitts (Dublin, Calif./De La Salle), another ESPN 100 prospect, committed to the Wildcats in August. Miller’s focus was on toughness and team, and Jefferson exemplifies both, Telep writes.

Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner

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