Derby Classic puts recruit Jefferson in Kentucky spotlight

April 5, 2012 

Amile Jefferson ( photo)

  • Friday

    Derby Festival Basketball Classic

    When: 7 p.m.

    Where: Freedom Hall

    Tickets: $11 and $16

  • Rosters


    Player Pos. Ht. College

    Steven Adams C 6-11 Pittsburgh

    Semaj Christon PG 6-2 Xavier

    Sam Dekker SF 6-7 Wisconsin

    Nathan Dieudonne PF 6-6 Boston U.

    Jeremy Hollowell SF 6-7 Indiana

    Ron Patterson SG 6-3 Indiana

    Hanner Perea PF 6-8 Indiana

    Terry Rozier PG 6-1 Louisville

    Jakarr Sampson PF 6-7 St. John's

    T.J. Warren SF 6-8 N. Carolina St.

    Coaches: Ryan Hurd, Notre Dame Prep (Mass.); Jason Smith, Brewster Academy (N.H.).


    Player Pos. Ht. College

    Jordan Adams SF 6-5 UCLA

    Cameron Biedscheid SF 6-7 Notre Dame

    Robert Carter C 6-9 Georgia Tech

    Phil Forte PG 5-11 Oklahoma St.

    Amile Jefferson PF 6-9 Undecided

    Danrad Knowles PF 6-9 Houston

    Tyler Lewis PG 5-11 N. Carolina St.

    Mekale McKay SF 6-6 Arkansas

    Marcus Smart SG 6-4 Oklahoma St.

    Andrew White SF 6-6 Kansas

    Coaches: Jason Polykoff, Friends Central (Pa.); Danny Henderson, Marcus (Texas).

The University of Kentucky does not have a signee playing in Friday night's Derby Festival Basketball Classic, but there is one recruit for Cats fans to keep an eye on.

Amile Jefferson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Philadelphia, is the only player in the game who has not committed to a school.

He lists Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina State and hometown Villanova as his finalists and told this week that he plans to announce his decision in the next couple of weeks.

The spring signing period opens Wednesday.

Jefferson is the 36th-best prospect in the class of 2012, according to He is one of four McDonald's All-Americans in Friday's game, joining North Carolina State signees Tyler Lewis and T.J. Warren and Oklahoma State recruit Marcus Smart.

Friday's game includes one Louisville signee — point guard Terry Rozier of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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