Another day, another Big 5 college commitment.
Chester senior forward Rahlir Jefferson
gave his word Thursday night to Temple
and coach Fran Dunphy
that he will continue his career with the Owls. This comes on the heels of Glen Mills' Aaric Murray
and Jefferson's Chester teammate Karon Burton
picking La Salle.
I spoke with Jefferson, former Chester coach Fred Pickett
and first-year coach Larry Yarbray
tonight and here are some the extras from the interview with Pickett and Yarbray. (Look for a full report in Friday's edition of the Daily Times
FRED PICKETT ... On Rahlir's mode of picking Temple:
"At the end of the day, I was shocked he committed like that. I'm happy for him, because we teach our kids to really thoroughly look at this and be selfish with it. We tell them to have a relationship with the head coach and know the style of play and the players they're bringing in and that you have to fit into it."
On Rahlir's role at Chester:
"For this team to be as good as they became, they all had to sacrifice something. He sacrificed a whole lot. He was quite often the third, fourth or fifth option and that's basically because (of where) he kind of just would fit in with our game. There were times when he would go a quarter or a quarter-and-a-half without getting any shots up. He was the consummate team player."
On getting extra looks because of his teammates:
"No question about it. When those guys were being recruited, (the coaches) would come to see them and they'd be impressed with Rahlir. It worked out for him because he loves Temple. Something clicked with him and coach Dunphy. Temple is a marvelous school, very diverse. They have everything."
LARRY YARBRAY ... On Rahlir's decision:
"You take a lot of visits and hear a lot of coaches talking. He heard what GW and Penn State had to say and liked Temple's pitch more. He's a quiet guy who doesn't give you a lead as to where he's leaning toward, but something told us he always had Temple at the top."
On making his choice before the season:
"I think a lot of guys want to get it out of the way before you start working out (for the upcoming season). That was his intention, I guess."
Labels: College commitments, Fran Dunphy, Fred Pickett, Larry Yarbray, Rahlir Jefferson, Temple