Tom Konchalski, the publisher and editor of High School Basketball Illustrated, has been covering high school basketball for more than thirty-five years. The 6’6″ sexagenarian, with an eidetic memory, is a McDonald’s All-American voter and a ubiquitous presence on the summer AAU circuit. He generously spoke with Blue Devil Nation recently about one dozen Duke recruits and verbal commitments in the 2011 and 2012 classes.
Amile Jefferson: He has an extremely mature feel for the game for a guy who’s only a sophomore. He’s very young physically, but, in terms of his understanding of the game, he’s a veteran, wise beyond his years. He’s got to get stronger, not only upper-body wise, but also his legs as well. He’s very efficient and he’s always around the ball. The ball always manages to find him. He’s got good hands. He’s a very good finisher inside. He’s got a very good drop-step, can reverse around the basket, things like that. He can put the ball on the floor and he can pass. He’s not a consistent outside shooter. He doesn’t have the leg strength right now to get his legs into it. Down the road, I think he’ll be a perimeter forward. He’s a guy who has a terrific understanding of the game. He plays to the situation. He doesn’t try to showcase his skills set. He does whatever the situation requires. I don’t think he’ll be a step-out four. I think he’ll be a three. as his legs get stronger, he’ll be able to guard away from the basket very easily. He’s got to shoot the ball away from the basket more consistently, but I think he’ll be a three.
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