Tonight, we complete our annual Player’s Profile marathon until we Countdown to Craziness that will profile each and every Duke player on the roster…
So here is Bermuda Bob’s Profile of #21 Amile Jefferson …
Everyone will remember that Amile did not commit to Duke until the middle of May, 2012. He was the 21st overall recruit and was also being actively recruited by North Carolina State. Their loss, big time !!!
Last year, Ro summed up Amile best in his pre-season Player Profile:
“Even though he was relegated to a role player, he remained ready to take advantage of any opportunities, no matter how limited they became as the season waned.”
He then continued …
“There is a lot of talk these days of Grayson Allen’s part in the comeback in the Championship Game, but there would have been no victory if not for Jefferson’s defense on Player of the Year, Frank Kaminsky, in the closing moments of the game.
That was the cap on a season in which Jefferson did whatever it took for the sake of the team. “
So it was no surprise that last season got off to an incredible start for Amile. When he went down to yet another Duke foot injury in Nike shoes, he averaged a “Double-Double” in his 9 games. There was no replacing that dominant of a player.
Looking back over his career …
- In the 2012-13 season, right from the start, Amile contributed in 32 of 36 games. He was 5th in Rebounds and 3rd in Blocked Shots. He was considered to be #7 on the team Depth Chart.
- In the 2013-14 season, Amile played in all 35 games. While only averaging 22.7 minutes per game, he was 2nd on the team in Rebounding and Blocked Shots. The true impact of Amile as a leader had begun to show, and it was nice to watch.
- In the 2014-15 National Championship season, Amile, then a Junior, was named Captain with Senior Quinn Cook. Both had stellar seasons as leaders along with the 4 Headliner Frosh. Playing in all 39 games, Amile averaged only 21.3 minutes per game. He was the 3rd best Rebounder and Shot Blocker for the team.
Amile’s pre-season prediction, with his contributions, came true:
“ … our guys have been preparing this summer to do something special.”
Amile was granted a medical Red-Shirt for his Senior season last year after playing in only 9 games, being injured in Practice.
This year he returns after putting on 9 lbs of obvious muscle. His chiseled Profile Picture showing it off.
I’m a statistics guy who believes that it is the most faire way of evaluating players theses days, especially in Amile’s case, where he, like Matt Jones, has played with and behind some Headliners. So, I’ll leave off with his most important statistic that Amile possesses …
Amile is the only player in Duke history to be named Academic All-American every year since enrollment !!!
Let’s hope for a healthy and prosperous season for Amile !!!
Thanks for reading !!!
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