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Draft Express dished out a scouting report for Arizona Wildcats commitment Rondae Jefferson and recruit Aaron Gordon.
The Arizona Wildcats' recruit was eliminated from the 2013 Hoophall Classic in a 81-46 blowout of his Archbishop Mitty High School, but not before posting 27 points and 12 rebounds against Lone Peak. The result wasn't what Gordon would have liked, but his play in the game was a sign of his makeup.
Gordon's motor didn't miss a beat in the game, and both he and UA commit Rondae Jefferson ultimately showed in the nationally-recognized tournament that they're the type of character players that the Wildcats could use.
Draft Express' scouting of Gordon at the Hoophall Classic told us what we already know. The 6-foot-8 forward is a freak of an athlete. But it also confirmed that he's mature and a smart basketball player -- that makes up for any lack of offensive capabilities the UA recruit might need to improve upon.
While his offensive skillset appears to be lacking, he doesn't play out of himself and is a good teammate, according to DX. While undersized for a power forward, he did a good job of boxing out (something a similar undersized big man in Derrick Williams didn't do well) and was great at drawing fouls (something Williams did do well).
One of the youngest players in his class. Appears to have significant upside still. Body should continue to fill out impressively. Already extremely productive despite some clear limitations, thanks to effort level, athleticism and smarts.
Like Gordon, Jefferson's performance for Chester High School showed that any deficiencies in skillset could be overlooked because of his work ethic and motor. He too is an impressive athlete with a solid first step. The 6-foot-7 wing has a 7-foot wingspan, a "springy" bounce and like current UA forward Solomon Hill, and is an adept passer for a small forward.
Again, Jefferson succeeded with an energy on defense that could pit him as an immediate starter for Sean Miller next season. His length and natural feel on that end gave him six steals in one game at the Hoophall Classic.
Jefferson has a sound midrange game, according to Draft Express, and can get to the cup. But he could use a bit of work on his shooting mechanics:
Has improved his physique and seems to be working on his shooting mechanics. Still not an overly skilled player but finds ways to contribute with his athleticism and terrific intensity on defense. Must continue to hone his jumper to make the transition to playing on the wing full time in college and eventually the pros.