Former Duke star and NBA G League rookie Amile Jefferson said now as a professional he sleeps, drinks and eats basketball.
“I think the biggest realization for me is just how much time I have, I don’t have any homework or quizzes to worry about anymore, so I’m really learning how to fill that time,” Jefferson told gleague.nba.com. “Here in the G League, I know that I have been filling my time by being in the gym as much as possible, trying to always get better.”
“And when I am away from the game, it still doesn’t stop for me,” added Jefferson. “I am constantly reading about the game, thinking about it, watching a ton of film, watching a lot of NBA games, just seeing how the game plays. I love basketball, and I think right now it is consuming me more than it ever has before.”
Jefferson, a 6-9 forward, is leading the G League in rebounding this season, averaging 16.9 points and 14.3 boards for the Iowa Wolves.
He was also a member of the USA FIBA World Cup Qualifying team that played first round games over the Thanksgiving holiday.
A four-year player at Duke, Jefferson led the team in rebounding and blocks last season when he averaged 10.9 points, 8.4 boards, and 1.9 rejections.
He also won an NCAA championship with the Blue Devils in 2015.
ESPN’s No. 25 ranked player in the 2012 high school class, Jefferson averaged 19.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.7 steals as a senior at Friends’ Central School (Wynnewood, PA).
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