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Othyus Jeffers Continues To Show High Major Talent

Brian Stinnette
March 17, 2003

We have been telling you for most of this year just how good of a player Chicago Hubbard’s Othyus Jeffers is. Now that Hubbard has bounced Curie, Fenwick and Shannon Brown’s Proviso East team out of the state tournament, others are beginning to take notice.

Jeffers has had an incredible season. The 6-4 small forward boasts averages of 25 points and 16 rebounds per game. Jeffers currently holds down the #6 spot in the Chicago Hoops rankings of the top 2003 prospects in the state of Illinois. Earlier, we named Jeffers our Chicago Public League Player of the Year.

A number of high majors have taken more than just a passing interest in Jeffers. When we caught up with Jeffers in late January he mentioned Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Temple and Loyola as teams giving him interest. That list has now expanded as Jeffers now ranks as the top uncommitted 2003 prospect in the state of Illinois.

Jeffers’ game has improved tremendously from a year ago. Last year, Jeffers was a player who did all of his damage close to the basket. He scored a lot of points, and grabbed a lot of boards, but his perimeter game was nonexistent, and he couldn’t use his left hand.

Jeffers now regularly brings the ball up the floor for Hubbard. While still not a great shooter, he has become a threat from the perimeter, and has nice form and rotation on his shot. In other words, he has the tools to become a more than adequate perimeter threat.

Jeffers has a strong and wiry build. He is the type of player opponents hate to play against because he battles so hard. We think Jeffers is a player who still has a lot of upside to his game. We believe he is capable of not only playing at the high major level, but becoming a real factor.

Next up for Chicago Hubbard and Jeffers will be Mike McKinney, Gordon Watt and Jonathan Blakely’s Evanston Wildcats.