Amile Jefferson

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Amile Jefferson
Amile Jefferson.jpg
No. 11 – Orlando Magic
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1993-05-07) May 7, 1993 (age 25)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school Friends Central
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Duke (2012–2017)
NBA draft 2017 / Undrafted
Playing career 2017–present
Career history
2017–2018 Iowa Wolves
2018–present Orlando Magic
2018–presentLakeland Magic
Career highlights and awards

Amile O. Jefferson (born May 7, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G League. Jefferson is a three-time former Duke captain[1] on the Blue Devils' 2014–15 NCAA Championship team.

After graduating with his Masters degree from Duke University in 2017, Amile Jefferson signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for summer league, which ran from July 7–17, 2018.[2][3] On September 18, 2017, Jefferson signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[4] He was waived on October 14 as one of the team’s final preseason roster cuts.[5] He joined the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota's development team, in the NBA G League as an affiliate player.[6] Subsequent to the 2018 NBA G League Showcase, on January 15, 2018, the Minnesota Timberwolves signed Amile Jefferson to a two-way contract.[7] On April 11, 2018, at the end of the 2017-18 NBA season, the Timberwolves converted Jefferson's contract to a standard NBA contract.[8] Jefferson remained with the Minnesota Timberwolves for 2018 summer league, leading the league with 12.6 rebounds per game. Jefferson also averaged 8.6 points per game.[9] Subsequently, on July 27, 2018, Jefferson and the Orlando Magic agreed to a two-way contract.

High school career[edit]

Jefferson was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended Friends Central School[10] where he was coached by Jason Polykoff.

He was ranked as the No. 21 overall recruit in the 2012 high school class by Scout, as well as No. 25 by ESPN and No. 36 by Rivals. With his solid play, Jefferson was selected for the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game,[11] where he scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds. He was also named Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year and Philadelphia Inquirer Player of the Year as both a junior and senior.

He led Friends Central to a 98-14 record and four Pennsylvania Independent Schools Tournament titles. He finished his high school career with 1,569 points, 839 rebounds and 189 blocks. He was a USA Today second-team All-USA as a senior in 2012 after averaging 19.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.

Jefferson led the 2011 NBPA Top 100 Camp in scoring with an average of 20.8 points per game. And averaged 19.4 points and 7.0 rebounds at the 2011 Adidas Nations. He averaged 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game as a junior at Friends Central.

College career[edit]

Career overall[edit]

He played in a program-record 150 games in a Duke uniform, including 103 starts, and averaged 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds; finished his career tied for seventh in NCAA history with 150 games played. Helped lead Duke to a 124-26 record in games in which he played, the third-most victories in program history. Went 67-2 (.971) at Cameron Indoor Stadium over the course of his career, the most home wins and second-best home winning percentage in Duke history.

He played in 12 NCAA Tournament games, helping Duke win its fifth NCAA championship in 2015; owned career NCAA Tournament averages of 3.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. He finished his career ranked third in Duke history in offensive rebounds (361), seventh in blocks (138), 11th in total rebounds(944) and 59th in scoring(1,079). Capped his career with the second-best field goal percentage in Duke history at .620(min. 300 FGM). Just the 11th player in Duke history to amass 1,000 points and 900 rebounds in his career. And scored in double figures 49 times, had double-figure rebounds 29 times and compiled 17 double-doubles. A three-time team captain[1] And the only player in Duke history to be named to the All-ACC Academic Team four times.

2012-13[edit]

He was a member of the All-ACC Academic Team. And appeared in 32 games with seven starts, averaging 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds. Averaged 1.3 offensive rebounds per game, second-best on the team. Scored in double figures six times on the year. Recorded 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a home win over Maryland (1/26). Scored a season-high 14 points in a home win over Boston College (2/24).

2013-14[edit]

He was a member of the All-ACC Academic Team. He played in all 35 games with 26 starts, averaging 6.5 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting .644 from the field. For the season, he ranked fourth in the ACC in offensive rebounds per game (2.9) and 11th in total rebounds per game (6.9). Raised his rebounding numbers to 7.2 total rebounds and 3.1 offensive boards per game in ACC play; ranked seventh in total rebounds and fourth in offensive rebounds in ACC action.

He led Duke in rebounds 11 times on the season and posted eight games with double-figure boards. And scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting against Kansas in the Champions Classic in Chicago (11/12). Tallied 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a home win over Virginia (1/13). Also fueled a win at No. 18 Pittsburgh (1/27) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. And named to the ACC All-Tournament second team after averaging 7.7 points and 8.0 rebounds to help lead Duke to the championship game.

NCAA Final, Duke - Wisconsin Pregame 2015
Duke Blue Devils in the White House East Room Ceremony 2015

2014-15: the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Champion[edit]

He played in all 39 games, making 26 starts averaged 6.1 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting .631 from the floor. Ranked 20th in the ACC in rebound average(5.8) and led Duke in rebounds nine times. He ranked second on the team with an average of 2.3 offensive rebounds per game. He scored in double figures 10 times on the season and recorded three double-doubles. Averaged 2.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in the six NCAA Tournament games on Duke's run to the 2015 national title

Netted a career-high 19 points and added seven rebounds in a win at No. 6 Louisville (1/17). Scored 13 points and blocked a career-high six shots in Duke's overtime home win over No. 15 North Carolina (2/18). And provided a defensive spark with seven rebounds and three blocks in the win over No. 3 Wisconsin in the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game(4/6).[11][10][12][11]

2015-16[edit]

He started the first nine games of the season, averaging 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting .683 from the floor. And missed the final 27 games of the season with a right foot fracture. Prior to his injury, led Duke in rebounds eight times and posted three double-doubles in nine games.

He opened the season with a career high-tying 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in a home win over Siena(11/13). And scored 16 points and tied his career high with 15 rebounds against No. 2 Kentucky at the Champions Classic in Chicago(11/17). He played a career high-tying 35 minutes in a home win over Indiana (12/2), finishing with 11 rebounds, a career-best eight assists and three blocks.

2016-17[edit]

A Senior CLASS Award finalist and a first-team Senior CLASS Award All-American.[13] And named to the All-ACC Tournament second team after averaging 8.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks to help Duke become the first team to win four games in four days to take the championship. A Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament Team member after averaging 16.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in two games in Connecticut as Duke captured the tournament trophy. And named ACC Player of the Week once (12/12). A member of the preseason watch list for the Karl Malone Award.

He started all 35 games in which he played, averaging 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 29.7 minutes. And for the season, ranked third in the ACC in blocks(1.9), fifth in double-doubles(9), sixth in total rebounds(8.4), eighth in defensive rebounds(6.0) and 10th in offensive rebounds(2.4). With averaged 8.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in ACC play while dealing with a bruised foot.

Ranked eighth in the ACC in blocks(1.4) and 14th in rebounds(6.7) in league games. Averaged a double-double in two NCAA Tournament games with 11.0 points and 10.5 rebounds to go along with 4.5 blocks. Led Duke in rebounds 17 times and assists on five occasions. Posted 21 double-figure scoring games, 12 double-figure rebound games and nine double-doubles.

Ranked 13th on Duke's single-season chart with a career-best 65 blocks. Also had 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in the home win over Grand Canyon (11/12). And scored 16 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots in Duke's win over Penn State in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off (11/19).

He put up 17 points and 15 rebounds in the win over No. 21 Rhode Island to claim the Hall of Fame Tip-Off title (11/20). And tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds in the home win over William & Mary(11/23). He netted 17 points and 13 rebounds to help Duke beat Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (11/29). And scored 20 points and handed out four assists in the home win over Maine (12/3).

He poured in a career-high 24 points to go with 15 rebounds and four blocks as Duke defeated No. 21 Florida at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic(12/6). And posted 14 points and seven rebounds in the home win over Georgia Tech (1/4). He had 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in the Blue Devils' home victory over Pittsburgh (2/4) and recorded 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, collected seven rebounds and swatted five shots in the home win over Wake Forest (2/18).

He put up a double-double on Senior Night with 14 points and 11 boards in a win over No. 15 Florida State(2/28). And opened the ACC Tournament with a double-double in the win over Clemson(3/8), finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds. And scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting, secured five rebounds and blocked three shots as Duke defeated No. 22 Notre Dame to take the ACC Tournament crown(3/11). And recorded 14 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high-tying six blocks against South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Professional career[edit]

After graduating with his Masters from Duke, Amile Jefferson signed on with the Minnesota Timberwolves for 2017 summer league action, which ran from July 7–17 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[2][3] On September 18, 2017, Jefferson signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[4] He was waived on October 14 as one of the team’s final preseason roster cuts.[5] He joined the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota's development team, in the NBA G League as an affiliate player.[6] Subsequent to the 2017 All-NBA G League Showcase, on January 15, 2018, the Minnesota Timberwolves signed Amile Jefferson to a two-way contract.[7] On April 11, 2018, at the end of the 2017-18 NBA season, the Timberwolves converted Jefferson's contract to a standard NBA contract, thus making him playable in time for the 2018 NBA Playoffs.[8] Jefferson remained with the Minnesota Timberwolves for 2018 summer league, leading the league with 12.6 rebounds per game. Jefferson also averaged 8.6 points per game.[9] Subsequently, on July 27, 2018, Jefferson and the Orlando Magic agreed to a two-way contract.

Iowa Wolves (2017–18)[edit]

As a member of the Iowa Wolves, Jefferson averaged 35 minutes per game with 18 points and 13 rebounds (NBA G-League leader).[14] His strong performance in the first half of the season generated considerable buzz, with a highlight being his leadership during the team's first matchup of the 2018 NBA G-League showcase. Jefferson led the Wolves with 29 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 assists in a 100-97 win against the Canton Charge, after the Wolves trailed by 20 points in the first half.[15] He earned the honor of being named to the All-NBA G League Showcase 2018 First Team[16]. With these consistently strong performances, he has been described as "[epitomizing] what the NBA G-League is all about."[17]

On January 15, 2018, the Minnesota Timberwolves signed Amile Jefferson to a two-way contract.[7]

After a strong performance throughout the first half of the season, the NBA G League announced February 2, 2018 that Amile Jefferson was named to the Mid-Season All-NBA G League Western Conference Team.The teams were voted by G League coaches, general managers and players.[18]

Jefferson finished his rookie NBA G League season as the league leader in rebounds per game (13 RPG), and in the last game of the regular season for the Iowa Wolves, Amile Jefferson broke the single-season record for NBA G-League double-doubles with 36 double-doubles in 47 games.[19] On April 16, 2018, the NBA G League named Amile Jefferson to three All-NBA G-League teams: the 2017-18 All-NBA G League All-Rookie First Team, All-NBA G League All-Defensive First Team and All-NBA G League Second Team.[20]

On April 11, 2018, at the end of the 2017-18 NBA season, after the Timberwolves squeezed by with an overtime win over the Denver Nuggets to keep their playoff dreams intact, the Timberwolves converted Jefferson's contract to a standard NBA contract, thus making him playable in time for the 2018 NBA Playoffs.[8]

Orlando Magic (2018–19)[edit]

On July 27, 2018, Jefferson and the Magic agreed to a two-way contract.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Duke 32 7 12.7 .543 .610 2.9 .2 .4 .5 4.0
2013–14 Duke 35 26 22.7 .644 .494 6.9 1.0 .7 .6 6.5
2014–15 Duke 39 26 21.3 .631 .554 5.8 .8 .6 .7 6.1
2015–16 Duke 9 9 30.3 .683 .553 10.3 1.4 1.0 1.1 11.4
2016–17 Duke 35 35 29.7 .613 .629 8.4 1.5 .7 1.9 10.9
Career 150 103 22.3 .620 .575 6.3 .9 .6 .9 7.2

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Malcolm Musgrove and Quetta Jefferson. His father played basketball at Delaware State from 1992-94. He has two brothers, Malcolm and Karonn, and four sisters, Amoni, Amesa, Amea and Milan.[11] Jefferson received both his Bachelors of Arts as well as his Masters degree from Duke University.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Three-Time Duke captain Amile Jefferson signs with Timberwolves", June 25, 2017
  2. ^ a b "Minnesota Timberwolves announce 2017 Summer League team", July 05, 2017
  3. ^ a b "Summer League Scouting Report | Timberwolves vs. Nuggets", July 09, 2017
  4. ^ a b "NBA G-League Player Profile: Amile Jefferson". 11 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Timberwolves Waive Three Players". NBA.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Wolves Announce 2017 Training Camp Roster" (Press release). Iowa Wolves. October 23, 2017. Archived from the original on October 24, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Timberwolves Sign Amile Jefferson to Two-Way Contract | Minnesota Timberwolves". Minnesota Timberwolves. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  8. ^ a b c "Timberwolves Convert Amile Jefferson to Standard NBA Contract | Minnesota Timberwolves". Minnesota Timberwolves. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  9. ^ a b "Timberwolves Summer League Takeaways". The Sports Daily. 2018-07-16. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  10. ^ a b Hunt, Donald (April 3, 2015). "Former Friends Central star Amile Jefferson will play in Final Four for Duke". Philadelphia Tribune. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c d "21 - Amile Jefferson". Duke Blue Devils. Duke University. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  12. ^ McGuire, Kevin (March 23, 2015). "Philly's Amile Jefferson Helping Duke Make March Run". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "Men's Basketball | Senior CLASS Award". www.seniorclassaward.com. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  14. ^ "Amile Jefferson - NBA G League". NBA G League. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  15. ^ report, CantonRep.com staff. "Canton Charge rally falls just short against Iowa Wolves at G League Showcase". The Repository. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  16. ^ "All-NBA G League Showcase 2018 Teams Announced - NBA G League". NBA G League. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  17. ^ Writer, Jovan Alford Tribune Staff. "Amile Jefferson epitomizes what NBA G-League is all about". The Philadelphia Tribune. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  18. ^ "Anthony Brown And Amile Jefferson Named To Mid-Season All-NBA G League Western Conference Team | Minnesota Timberwolves". Minnesota Timberwolves. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  19. ^ "Amile Jefferson Sets G League Double-Double Record | Minnesota Timberwolves". Minnesota Timberwolves. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  20. ^ "Amile Jefferson Named to Three All-NBA G League Teams | Minnesota Timberwolves". Minnesota Timberwolves. Retrieved 2018-04-17.