One of these days, Rondae Jefferson is going to stop collecting awards like they’re Pokemon cards. That’s not today. The Chester senior point forward, who made county history by becoming the first player to take home Daily Times Player of the Year honors, was named the Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class AAAA State Player of the Year for the second straight year.
The 6-7 Jefferson led Chester to another district title and to a berth in the state title game by averaging 15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.4 blocks per game. The Clippers went 28-4 against a national schedule and claimed the Del Val League championship with a perfect 10-0 record.
“It’s great to get both Players of the Year (Delco and state) back-to-back,” Jefferson said. “I didn’t really think about the award. I just went about the season and just tried to focus, but it’s nice to have it.”
Jefferson is in Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American Game, so he hasn’t given much thought as to how he’ll celebrate the award.
“We’ll probably go out to dinner or something when I get back,” Jefferson said.
Jefferson edged out some top competition for the award, including Lower Merion’s B.J. Johnson and St. Joseph’s Prep’s Steve Vasturia, the Gatorade State Player of the Year. That in itself added a little bit of emphasis to this award.
“They’re all great players and great guys, so it does mean a lot,” Jefferson said. “I guess they gave the award to the best all-around guy on and off the court. I guess they take notice of that. It’s nice to have.”
Check back later as the All-State teams are announced.
– MATT CHANDIK