Page updated as of 4/8/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu. 2017 rankings were finalized on 6/22/2017.
Classification: 5th Year Senior
2017 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 93
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Strong finisher around the basket
Excels as a scorer on the move
Fairly good low post scorer
Adequate scorer off the dribble
Moves well off the ball on offense
Good defensive player that can get blocks and steals
Smart player that has a good feel for the game
Has great intangibles
Needs to improve his shooting
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
Unselfish to a fault
Can be careless on offense, which can lead to turnovers
Can have lapses defensively
Can pick up quick fouls
Missed most of last season due to a foot injury
Old for a prospect, may have limited upside
Overshadowed by his higher profile teammates
Amile Jefferson has played an instrumental role in his team’s success, as he has been the consummate role player that has played quite well over the years. Jefferson won’t look to score much, as he will generally defer to his more teammates, but he can help out in all of the other areas.
Jefferson is a fairly good low post scorer that can score on quick, step through moves. He is a good scorer around the basket when he elects to take shots, and he is an unselfish player that will keep the ball moving.
He is a very good passer, and he will routinely hit cutters and find the open man from the post to notch all sorts of assists. Jefferson also rebounds the ball well, and he is an active defender that will get blocks, steals, and stops and that end of the floor.
While some may lament his lack of range or scoring mindset from an offensive standpoint, Jefferson makes up for it in all of the other areas. He plays with his hard hat, as he will bring his lunch pail and go to work to make sure his team succeeds on both ends of the court.
Right now, he projects to be a second round to undrafted prospect. He is the consummate role player at the collegiate level, but draft analysts have not been swayed enough to rank him higher for most of his career. Even still, he may have what it takes to succeed in the NBA, as he could end up being a solid role player in this league.
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