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Video: Catching up with Davon Jefferson

One of the more odd stories of the past few years of USC basketball involved freshman phenom Davon Jefferson and his curious decision to join O.J. Mayo as a one-and-done following the 2007-2008 season in Troy.

Mayo went third overall; Jefferson, a potential first-rounder who averaged 12 points and six rebounds as a freshman, went undrafted. Since then, he's spent two years with Maccabi Haifa in Israel, part of it alongside Jeremy Tyler, and a year with AVSEL Villeurbanne in France. Earlier this month, he signed another one-year deal with Russian league squad BC Triumph Lyubertsy -- not exactly what he envisioned when leaving school early and not exactly what many college basketball pundits envisioned for a national top-10 recruit out of high school.

But so it goes. Jefferson put up solid numbers last season in France, averaging 18.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 34 games. He's also spent a couple summers in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas but has yet to latch on with a NBA team for any significant period of time.

While home from Europe for the summer, Jefferson underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy on an injured knee in Vancouver, Canada, which sidelined him for a few weeks. Now recovered, he made his organized-basketball debut last weekend at the Drew League in South L.A., near his hometown of Lynwood. The 6-8, 215-pound Jefferson looked as athletic as ever in Drew action as he led his team against a potent squad made up of Denver Nuggets' first-round selection Jordan Hamilton and two other former NBA players.

Asked afterward about his year with the Trojans, Jefferson was at first a bit defensive.

"It was cool, I enjoyed it," he said. "That's all I got to say about that."

Then, with a little bit of prodding, he opened up a bit.

"All positive memories," Jefferson said. "I still got a lot of people I talk to from USC, got a lot of friends, a lot of important people I met and got to know over the years. I enjoyed it, you know what I mean?

"One good year."

Here's a full one-on-one video conversation with the 24-year-old Jefferson: