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Sunday, June 17, 2012


Chester All-Delco Rondae Jefferson was named to Team USA for the U-17 national team's World Championship tournament later this month in Lithuania.

Jefferson got the news Sunday, after two-plus days of practices at the national team facility in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"They did it around 11 a.m. Colorado time and everybody was in a room, and they just called out names of who made it," said Jefferson, who survived the cut, from 28 players to 14. "I didn't jump out of my seat, but I was pretty hyped."

A 6-7 point guard/forward, Jefferson was named the 2011-12 Daily Times boys basketball Player of the Year after leading Chester to its second consecutive PIAA Class AAAA title. He also was named the PIAA Player of the Year. The Clippers (32-0), for whom Jefferson averaged 12.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.7 blocked shots per game, finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally by USA Today.

The U-17 tournament begins June 29 and runs through July 8. Jefferson said he and the team will fly to the Eastern European nation Thursday.

This isn't Jefferson's first go-around with Team USA. He represented USA last summer, when he competed in the inaugural FIBA 3x3 Youth World Championship in Rimini, Italy. There, the United States placed eighth with a 7-5 record.

Being from Chester, which houses a proud basketball tradition, and wearing the orange and black means a lot to Jefferson. But even he couldn't contain himself after learning he'd wear his country's colors for a second time.

"There's nothing like it," he said, in a phone interview with the Daily Times. "You're representing your country. It's very special to have this opportunity."

Pick up the Monday, June 18 edition of the Daily Times for more on Jefferson. And check back to Delco Hoops for occasional updates on Jefferson and Team USA in Lithuania.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012


The Haverford School's Tao Xu, a 6-11 center, has given a verbal commitment to the University of San Francisco.

Xu, who has completed his studies on Lancast Avenue, has qualified through the NCAA's Clearinghouse and will be eligible to compete for the Dons next winter.

“They want him yesterday,” Fords coach Henry Fairfax said of USF.

Xu averaged seven points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in his first and only season at Haverford School, to which the Chinese U-19 national team player transferred at the start of the 2011-12 school year.

Fairfax said Xu kicked around offers from Tulane, Mississippi State and Drexel, before deciding upon San Francisco.

“Tao told me he considered every offer he got,” Fairfax said. “He said to me, 'Coach, I came 7,000 miles to get here (to Haverford School). What's another 2,000 for college?'”

NOTE: Haverford School rising sophomore Sammy Foreman already has gotten more than a few Division I looks. The point guard turned heads in his first year at the high school level. He even earned MVP honors last week in the freshman game of the All-City Classic, at Community College of Philadelphia. Said Fairfax: "His team was down 20 with four minutes to go, and I said to my wife, 'Watch this.' Then he goes off for 20 in the final four minutes to send the game to overtime." According to Fairfax, Foreman recently received his first non-form letter, a hand-written piece of correspondence from a PAC-12 team.

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