Wildcats signee Jefferson named to All-American teams

2013-02-12T12:50:00Z 2013-09-10T17:04:24Z Wildcats signee Jefferson named to All-American teamsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 12, 2013 12:50 pm  • 

UA signee Rondae Jefferson has been named to this year's Jordan Brand Classic, one of the premier high school postseason all-star games. Jefferson will play for the East team while UA recruiting target Aaron Gordon will play for the West.

UA coach Sean Miller said today that Jefferson has also been invited to the McDonalds All-American game, which is scheduled to formally announce its teams on Thursday.

Miller also said he was hardly surprised that Jefferson is earning the honors.

"He's a terrific talent," Miller said.

Arizona's Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley all played in the Jordan game last season.

The game will be moved from Charlotte, N.C., to Brooklyn, N.Y. this year.

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When he was asked about UA's 19-point win over fast-rising Miami on the Pac-12 teleconference call today, Sean Miller said the Diamond Head Classic field turned out to be one of the toughest tournament fields of the season -- and made UA's schedule look better.

"When we went to the Diamond Head Classic, there was some criticism of our nonconference schedule," Miller said. "I always felt that would play itself out.  I don’t know if any of us could have predicted what that field would look like. San Diego State going is to be high seed, Miami could be a No. 1 seed, Ole Miss is having a heck of a season and Indiana State, they, too, are having an excellent season."

Miller said the Hurricanes are playing well because they have a number of good, older players and a "dynamic" backcourt.

"Their experience, their size, their strength and that backcourt is no question why they're successful," Miller said.

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Lorenzo Romar says the Pac-12 is talking about shifting the conference schedule, possibly moving one game on the road and keeping another at home on some weekends.

This season, the league has kept the two-game home or road weekend format but has spread it out to include many Wednesdays and Sundays.

Miller said he has not heard of that discussion, but that the schedule is challenging "however you slice it up."

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USC's Ari Stewart will miss up to three weeks with a broken left hand, putting him possibly out of the Trojans' Feb. 27 game against UA.

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Nike and Oregon State may be redesigning the Beavers' logo.

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