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Sunday, January 1, 2012


Doors are about to be opened for Rondae Jefferson. That's assuming they haven't been opened already.

The junior, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound small forward, plays at Chester - the reigning PIAA Class AAAA champion poised for a repeat. Jefferson spent the summer playing for the United States Developmental National Team, reserved for the country's top 27 U-16 players. Jefferson has a page at dedicated to him. And -- oh, by the way -- ESPN, and all rate him as a four-star-or-better college recruit.

Among the schools that have offered him a scholarship: La Salle, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Saint Joseph's, Temple and Villanova. Among the schools that have interest: Well, there are too many to list.

Does this faze Jefferson at all?

"Not really," he said this week. "Actually, no, not at all. I don't worry about any of that. I just play basketball."

"He's got everybody and his mother looking at him," said Chester coach Larry Yarbray, of Jefferson. "He's got to keep working. At times, it's because he's a naturally gifted ballplayer, he can turn it on and off when he wants to."

We'll see if Jefferson has it turned on tonight, when Chester goes against Christ the King (N.Y.) in a meeting of teams that opened the season among the nationally ranked.

Check back here for a score update and a quick recap following the game, a 7:45 start at Widener.

UPDATE (11:26 p.m.):
Chester 65, Christ the King 53
Rondae Jefferson had 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots for the Clippers (8-0), who used an 11-3 spurt to close the third quarter and create distance between them and their opponents from New York City.

Kareem Robinson had 13 points, buoyed by a pair of 3-pointers, to go with two steals and two assists for Chester. Richard Granberry (eight points, four rebounds), Shanier Cottman (six boards, four steals) and Darius Robinson (nine points) also provided the Clippers a boost.

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