Amile Jefferson takes unofficial visit to Temple

Amile Jefferson, a junior basketball player at Friends’ Central School, took an unofficial visit to Temple on Wednesday. The 6-foot-8 power forward is regarded by ESPN as the nation’s ninth-best college basketball prospect in the Class of 2012.

 “It was good. It was good,” Jefferson said of his visit. “I stayed with one of the players, Khalif Wyatt. So I just stayed with him for a little bit, just looking at the school, the coaches and the campus and things like that. So it was good.”

During his unofficial visit, Jefferson had a meeting with Temple coach Fran Dunphy.

“He is a real genuine guy,” Jefferson said of Dunphy. “He is a good guy. He doesn’t just tell you what you want to hear. He tells you like it is.”

Temple was Jefferson’s first unofficial visit to a campus. He has, however, attended games at Duke, Maryland and Villanova in addition to Temple.

“I don’t think I’m leaning toward anyone right now,” he said, “just off the simple fact that I haven’t seen enough.”

Jefferson hopes to take more unofficial visits to see what schools have to offer. He doesn’t have any scheduled at this moment, though.

“I recently just talked to Ohio State,” Jefferson said. “So maybe we will take a visit like that. Maybe we will take a North Carolina visit.”

- Keith Pompey