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Prospect Profile:
Al Jefferson
Selected with No. 15 overall pick by Boston Celtics

Full Name: Al Jefferson
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-10 (2.10 m) / 265 (120 kg)
Birthdate: January 4, 1985 (Monticello, Miss.)
High School: Prentiss HS (Prentiss, Miss.)
NBA Draft 2004
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An early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft. Finalist for the 2004 Naismith Award. Named to the 2004 McDonald’s All-America Team. Named First Team All-America by PARADE and USA Today. Named to 2004 USA Men’s Junior National Select Team. Originally committed to play for Arkansas. Rated the No. 4 high school senior by Rivals.com.

High School Career Highlights: Named All-State, All-Conference and Conference MVP all four seasons of high school. Tied a state high school tournament record with 56 points in a Class 3A semifinal loss to Byhalia. Led his team to a 29-8 record and Class 3A State Championship as a junior.

2004 Postseason All-Star Games: In the Nike Hoop Summit against top international competition, scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the USA Select Team rolled to a 99-79 win over the World Select Team. Tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Jordan Capital Classic. Had 16 points and 11 rebounds in 16 minutes at the McDonald’s High School American Game.

Senior (2003-04): Named Mr. Basketball in the state of Mississippi. Averaged 42.6 points and 18.0 rebounds. During the Class 3A playoffs, scored a career-high 66 points against Forest. Tallied 62 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks against Magee.

Junior (2002-03): Averaged 37.1 points, 18.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks. Averaged 44.7 points in three state tournament games.

Sophomore (2001-02): Averaged 28.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks.

Freshman (2000-01): Averaged 25.0 points and 12.0 rebounds.

Strengths: Size, strength and footwork make him an excellent post player for his age. Works hard at establishing position on the block and has decent touch from 10-12 feet.

Personal: Son of Laura L. Jefferson. Father Alvin Randolph is deceased. Nickname is “Big Al.” Favorite basketball announcer is Marv Albert.

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