Davon Jefferson has had a tough road to travel to get to USC. His academic issues kept him from playing any high school basketball the last two years thus diminishing the the high praise for his talent.When Jefferson says he's just happy to be at USC, it carries deeper meaning than the usual cliche. The forward who once signed with Nevada Las Vegas but failed to qualify academically spent much of the last 1 1/2 years taking classes online and at a community college to qualify for USC.
"I took a couple of shortcuts through high school," said Jefferson, who averaged 26 points and 12.9 points during his last season at Lynwood. "But everything happened for a reason. I had to work real hard and I just had to realize that you can't take anything for granted. Everything's working out. I'm happy."
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound freshman said it doesn't bother him that Mayo is generating most of the headlines when it comes to USC basketball even though Jefferson is another big piece of a widely heralded recruiting class.
It is disappointing that Jefferson has had a difficult time with his studies but it is good that he put the effort in to finally make the team. Coach Floyd will find a way to gets his skills on the court I am sure of it.