For the second straight season, Friends' Central standout Amile Jefferson has been named Gatorade boys' basketball player of the year for Pennsylvania.
The 6-foot-8, 205-pound senior forward averaged 19.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks while leading the Phoenix to a 22-5 record and their fourth consecutive Pennsylvania Independent Schools Tournament championship.
Jefferson will participate in the McDonald's All-American Game next Wednesday at Chicago's United Center. He leaves Saturday for the event.
For being tabbed as McDonald's All-Americans, Jefferson and Prep Charter senior Kahleah Copper (20.9 ppg.) will be recognized prior to the Orlando Magic-76ers contest on April 7 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Jefferson will also compete in the Derby Festival Classic, slated for April 6 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. Friends' Central boss Jason Polykoff will co-coach Jefferson and the Black squad with Danny Henderson, of Marcus High (Tx.).
Jefferson, ranked as the 18th-best college prospect in the Class of 2012 by ESPN, is considering Duke, North Carolina State, Kentucky, Villanova, and Ohio State.