At 6’8″ D.J. Jeffries has impressive length but he is more that just a post player. He is able to hit outside shots, including pull up jumpers. Jeffries can also do work down low and if he is denied at the rim initially he is capable of gathering the ball back and finishing on a second effort. The Kentucky commit is also sneaky athletic, on one play at the EYBL session in Atlanta he looked like he was dropped in from the rafters when caught a lob pass and finished a dunk.
Jeffries described his game like this, “I think my strengths are being able to score the ball and get out and defend.” He seemed capable of defending multiple positions and he can score averaging 15 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 12 EYBL games this year.
The big man from Mississippi was pleased that Tyrese Maxey will be joining him at Kentukcy, “I think it is a good addition.” Jeffries mentioned two qualities when discussing Maxey, “toughness and another great scorer.”
The first quality is one he thinks the 2019 Kentucky recruiting class has in common and that will please their future coach, “We all bring toughness and that’s what Coach Cal wants.”
What about additions to that class? Well of course Jeffries is recruiting his AAU teammate (and #1 player in the 2019 class) James Wiseman. But he doesn’t want to over do it,“I talk to him every now and then, but I don’t try to be on him all the time.” Jeffries also said he and Maxey are recruiting Keion Brooks, Vernon Carey and others.
What should UK fans expect from the 2019 group that Maxey and Jeffries are trying to put together? “It’s going to be exciting players and a fun year and hopefully we win a national championship.”