Amile Jefferson initially didn't have Duke on his short list of colleges to attend and almost signed early with another school. Likewise, the Blue Devils showed minimal interest in the highly coveted big man from Friends' Central School in Philadelphia.
That all changed during Jefferson's senior season, when Duke suddenly decided to offer the 6-foot-7, 190-pound power forward a scholarship and Coach Mike Krzyzewski took over the recruiting process.
"Once Coach K started recruiting me, I did not talk to an assistant coach," Jefferson said. "That definitely shows the coach wants you, and every conversation I had with him seemed genuine. I felt like I can become a better person and player at Duke University."
As unlikely as it may have seemed just a short time ago, Jefferson has signed his letter of intent to play with Duke in the fall, school officials announced Tuesday night.