Nov. 16, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller announced Thursday that Rondae Jefferson and Elliott Pitts have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and play basketball. The duo is expected to enroll in July.
Jefferson, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward from Chester, Pa., is ranked as the No. 4 small forward by espn.com. He is rated as the No. 19 overall prospect in the Class of 2013 by rivals.com. Jefferson, who currently preps at Chester High School, averaged 12.1 points and 9.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.7 blocked shots per game as a junior.
Jefferson helped lead Chester to a 32-0 record and the Class AAAA state championship last season. He was the Delaware County Player of the Year according to the Jefferson Daily Times. The Clippers have won 58 consecutive games and back-to-back state titles entering the 2012-13 campaign.
A versatile and coachable player, Jefferson nearly posted a quadruple-double as a junior, posting a 15-point, 15-rebound, 10-assist, eight-steal effort against Neptune H.S., a squad that went on to finish as the New Jersey Group III state runner-up.
Jefferson was a member of USA Basketball's U-17 squad that competed in the 2012 World Championships in Lithuania, but did not compete due to injury. He was also a member of the USA Basketball 3-of-3 FIBA Boys Youth World Championship squad that finished in seventh place in 2011.
"Rondae is a physical player whose versatility is his best asset," said Miller. "He's similar to Solomon Hill in that he can do a lot of things. He can handle the ball, play in a number of different spots and has a chance to be a great defender with his length. He's also the consummate teammate and a winner."
Pitts, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard from Dublin, Calif., is ranked as the No. 23 shooting guard by espn.com. He is rated as the No. 91 overall prospect in the espn.com Class of 2013. Pitts, who preps at De La Salle High School, averaged 16.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a junior, leading the Spartans to a 28-3 record and berth in the CIF Division I Northern Regional semifinals.
An unselfish player with great decision-making skills, Pitts was an all-East Bay selection in 2012, and helped De La Salle win 18 straight games last year.
"From the storied De La Salle program, Elliott has been a central piece to their recent success. He's a great passer and a very skilled shooter who is going to continue to grow and develop physically. As he develops, his skill level and incredible work ethic will allow him to contribute at a number of positions for us."
Miller and the 12th-ranked Wildcats continue the 2012-13 campaign Monday vs. Long Beach State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST and can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks.