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Amile Jefferson, Duke Basketball Leadership 101

Duke’s senior leader wants to show the way to his younger teammates

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NCAA Basketball: Final Four-Championship Game-Wisconsin vs Duke
Apr 6, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes (10) guards Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson (21) during the first half in the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock
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In today’s game, there’s a lot of emphasis on talented freshmen which is understandable. However, there is no substitute for experience. You could be the greatest freshman ever but no matter how good you are, you haven’t been there before.

So having seniors is a big plus. And having a senior who is willing to step up, who wants to help those freshmen, is a huge asset.

Which brings us to Amile Jefferson.

Jefferson wrote an open letter to his new teammates that you really should read. It’s very impressive and, we hope, a helpful guide.