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JUCO Spotlight: Ellis Jefferson & Clarendon College (TX)

11/24/2018, 4:30pm CST
By Max Ivany

Clarendon Junior College (TX)

It's been a lot of fun for me being back home in Texas.  I've had the pleasure of reconnecting with my grandson Julian and my son, Chip Ivany who is the Assistant Coach here in Clarendon, this small West Texas town.  It's truly been a homecoming as Head Coach Isaac Amedee is a long time friend.  We've coached AAU together and I was able to give him a reference for his first college job at Hill College (TX). 

I hope ya'll enjoy my video interview below with Head Coach Amedee, Assistant Coach Chip Ivany, and Sophomore Guard Ellis Jefferson (San Antonio, TX).  Any mid major plus D1 coach looking for a high character, quality academic, skilled and smooth combo guard needs to pull the trigger on Jefferson.  

Many people are unaware of the inner workings of Junior College basketball.  With few exceptions at the Division One level every D1 school has 13 full scholarships to fill out their rosters along with their 2-4 walk ons.

At the Junior College level, it can be a very uneven playing field. In the ultra competitive WACJAC school like South Plains, Odessa and Midland have as many as 15 full scholarships.  Meanwhile, tiny Clarendon College has only FIVE scholarships.  It's impressive to me what Coach Amedee has done out here working with one arm tied behind his back. 

He's got to be extremely prudent with how he allocates his resources.  Who gets a half scholarship?  Who gets academic money?  Who gets to put some or all of their Pell Grant towards their tuition, room and board?  It's a tightrope that he walks.  It's no surprise to me though as Coach Amedee was instrumental in helping Coach Swede Trenkle build that powerhouse squad at Hill JC (TX) here they lost the national title game.