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Five-star recruit Rondae Jefferson commits to Arizona

Larry Hogan/Arizona Daily Wildcat Coach Sean Miller instructs his players during practice at Richard Jefferson Gymnasium on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

Sean Miller has struck again.

Rondae Jefferson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Chester (Pa.), has committed to Arizona, according to his Twitter account.

Jefferson (@RondaeJ23) tweeted “Arizona it is #BearDown”.

Jefferson is a five-star recruit and the No. 10 ranked player of 2013 recruits, according to, and he made the decision during an in-home visit with the Wildcats.

Dave Telep, ESPN’s senior college basketball recruiting analyst, described Jefferson as the kind of player with a “lunch-pail” mentality.

“[Jefferson] brings a resume of winning and just a toughness to the small forward position,” Telep said in a phone interview with the Arizona Daily Wildcat. “He can be facilitator, he can be a very good scorer in the lane, he has great instincts and reflexes, if he’s ever able to get a consistent perimeter shot, at least from mid-range, he’ll be even more of a threat.”

With the looming graduations of seniors Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom, Jefferson fits right in for Arizona.

Telep believes Jefferson fits into the Wildcats lineup perfectly. He called him the type of player that “championship teams always have,” comparing him to a similarly versatile former championship-winning Tar Heel.

“I think for Arizona it’s a very unique piece,” Telep said. “Obviously they loaded up with the bigs last year and this is the kid that, he’s not gonna be the high scorer or the No. 1 rebounder.

“He’s going to be that Danny Green type player that championship teams always have. One guy who ties everything together whether it’s a help on a block or a weakside rebound or a tip-in, that’s Rondae Jefferson.”

In 2009 for North Carolina’s championship team, Green averaged 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 three-pointers per game. He was also named to the ACC All-Defensive Team, as he recorded 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.

The signing makes it three years in a row that Miller has added a five-star recruit to the Wildcats following the additions of Josiah Turner in 2011 (who has since left the program) and Kaleb Tarczeswski, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley in 2012.

Jefferson joins four-star shooting guard Elliott Pitts, who hails from Concord, Calif., in the Wildcats 2013 recruiting class.

Telep attributed Miller’s success in reeling in Jefferson to an attention to detail and a commitment to the recruitment.

“Whenever you go 2,000 miles to recruit a kid, he has to go there with a purpose and a commitment to doing it,” Telep said. “They went all the way on him and it paid off.”

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