Temple target has N.C. State on mind

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“I don’t have a top five,” Friend Central's Amile Jefferson (left) told the Inquirer. “I’m pretty much wide open.” (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

Temple basketball target Amile Jefferson wants to visit North Carolina State next week.

The Friends’ Central School 6-foot-8 rising senior forward hopes to be in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Wolfpack elite camp.

"We are trying to come down there for the elite camp, so that's definitely a possibility," Jefferson told TheWolfpacker.com Thursday at the NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia. "If not, then we'll have to see when I get some free time. We will definitely try to get down there."

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Jefferson, the nation’s 26th-ranked prospect in the Class of 2012 by ESPN.com, has scholarship offers from Temple, N.C. State, La Salle, Villanova, Stanford, Syracuse, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State and Wake Forest, among others.

“I don’t have a top five,” he told The Inquirer. “I’m pretty much wide open.”

However, Jefferson was impressed by the recruiting message N.C. State’s new coach Mark Gottfried gave him over the phone.

"He's a great coach and I hear a lot of people talk and say good things about him," Jefferson told The Wolfpacker.com. "I just read a couple of articles on him this past week that said a lot of good things that I liked. When I talked to him, he was real down to earth."

 After talking to Gottfried, Jefferson wants to visit the campus, meet the players and see what type of system N.C. State runs.

-       Keith Pompey

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