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Cory Jefferson
Cory Jefferson 34 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 20171130.jpg
Jefferson with Olimpia Milano in 2017
No. 34 – Texas Legends
Position Power forward
League NBA G League
Personal information
Born (1990-12-26) December 26, 1990 (age 27)
Tacoma, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school Killeen (Killeen, Texas)
College Baylor (2009–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2015 Brooklyn Nets
2015 Maine Red Claws
2015–2016 Phoenix Suns
2016 Bakersfield Jam
2016–2017 Austin Spurs
2017 Alaska Aces
2017–2018 Olimpia Milano
2018–present Texas Legends
Career highlights and awards

Cory Allen Jefferson (born December 26, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Baylor University and represented the United States at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.[1]

High school career[edit]

Jefferson attended Killeen High School in Killeen, Texas. As a sophomore in 2006–07, he averaged 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game, earning All-District 16-4A first team honors. As a senior in 2008–09, he averaged 19.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, leading Killeen to three straight 30-win seasons and four consecutive district championship.[2]

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Jefferson was listed as the No. 13 power forward and the No. 51 player in the nation in 2009.[3]

College career[edit]

Jefferson drawing a charge

In his freshman season at Baylor, Jefferson played sparingly for the Bears. In 21 games, he averaged 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 4.6 minutes per game.[2]

After redshirting the 2010–11 season, Jefferson returned to the Bears for the 2011–12 season. In his sophomore season, he had 5 double-digit scoring and 12 multiple block games; his 42 blocks ranked 10th on Baylor's single-season list. In 34 games (one start), he averaged 3.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 10.5 minutes per game.[2]

In his junior season, Jefferson was named to the NIT All-Tournament team after he helped Baylor win the NIT championship. He also earned Big 12 honorable mention honors at the end of the season. In 37 games (all starts), he averaged 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 27.9 minutes per game.[2]

In his senior season, Jefferson was named to the 2014 All-Big 12 third team. He was also named the 2014 USBWA District VII Player of the Year. In 38 games (all starts), he averaged 13.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 29.0 minutes per game.[2]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Baylor 21 0 4.6 .391 .000 .692 1.2 .0 .1 .2 1.3
2011–12 Baylor 34 1 10.5 .522 .000 .600 2.6 .1 .2 1.2 3.6
2012–13 Baylor 37 37 27.9 .610 .333 .704 8.0 .3 .5 1.9 13.3
2013–14 Baylor 38 38 29.0 .500 .368 .640 8.2 1.0 .4 1.3 13.7
Career 130 76 19.9 .543 .340 .660 5.6 .4 .3 1.3 8.9

Professional career[edit]

Brooklyn Nets (2014–2015)[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Jefferson was selected with the final pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs. He was later traded to the Brooklyn Nets on draft night.[4] He later joined the Nets for the 2014 NBA Summer League,[5] and signed with the team on July 23.[6] Jefferson received his first and only start of the season on December 13 in a 114–87 win over the Charlotte Hornets. In 23 minutes of action, he recorded 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting and 5 rebounds.[7][8] On January 1, 2015, using the flexible assignment rule, the Nets assigned Jefferson to the Maine Red Claws, the affiliate of the Boston Celtics.[9] On January 8, he was recalled by the Nets.[10] On March 6, Jefferson recorded his first career double-double with season-highs of 12 points and 13 rebounds in over 15 minutes of action in a 108–100 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns.[11][12]

On June 29, 2015, Jefferson was named in the Nets' team for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[13] He managed three Summer League games for the Nets before being waived by the team on July 13.[14]

Phoenix Suns (2015–2016)[edit]

On September 16, 2015, Jefferson signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Phoenix Suns.[15] After impressing head coach Jeff Hornacek and general manager Ryan McDonough during preseason, Jefferson made the Suns' opening night roster for the 2015–16 season.[16][17] He made his debut for the Suns on November 14, recording 2 points and 2 rebounds in a 105–81 win over the Denver Nuggets.[18] On January 7, 2016, he was waived by the Suns after appearing in just six games.[19]

On January 20, 2016, Jefferson was acquired by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.[20] The next day, he returned to the Suns, signing a 10-day contract with the team.[21] After his 10-day contract expired, playing two more games with the team in the process, he was not retained by the Suns.

Bakersfield Jam (2016)[edit]

On February 1, 2016, Jefferson was reacquired by the Bakersfield Jam.[22] The next day, he made his debut for the Jam in a 132–111 win over the Oklahoma City Blue, recording 18 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block in 34 minutes.[23]

Austin Spurs (2016–2017)[edit]

In July 2016, Jefferson joined the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[24] On September 26, 2016, he signed with the Cavaliers,[25] but was later waived on October 20 after appearing in six preseason games.[26] He ultimately joined the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League on November 12, 2016.[27] On February 6, 2017, he was named in the Western Conference All-Star team for the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[28]

Philippines (2017)[edit]

In March 2017, he signed with the Alaska Aces as the team's import for the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.[29]

Olimpia Milano (2017–2018)[edit]

On July 16, 2017, Jefferson signed with the Olimpia Milano of the Italian Serie A and the EuroLeague.[30] On February 2, 2018, he parted ways with Milano.[31]

Texas Legends (2018–present)[edit]

On February 22, 2018, the Texas Legends had acquired Jefferson from Agua Caliente Clippers with Clipper's 2018 NBA G League draft 4th round pick and the returning player right to Cameron Ayers.[32]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Brooklyn 50 1 10.6 .449 .133 .574 2.9 .3 .2 .4 3.7
2015–16 Phoenix 8 0 6.3 .409 .000 .667 2.0 .0 .0 .1 2.8
Career 58 1 10.0 .453 .125 .554 2.8 .3 .2 .4 3.5

Personal life[edit]

Jefferson is the son of Fancy Pace and the late Charles Jefferson.[2] His mother served 21 years in the military.[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hill, Jerry (August 1, 2013). "WORLD TRAVELERS: International Experience Benefits Heslip, Jefferson". Baylor.edu. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Corey Jefferson Bio". BaylorBears.com. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Corey Jefferson recruiting profile". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Acquire Draft Rights to Markel Brown, Xavier Thames and Cory Jefferson". NBA.com. June 27, 2014. Archived from the original on June 30, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Announce Summer League Roster". NBA.com. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Sign Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson". NBA.com. July 23, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Johnson leads hot-shooting Nets over Hornets". NBA.com. December 13, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ Kharpertian, Devin (December 13, 2014). "Cory Jefferson, Moving Forward (HIGHLIGHTS)". TheBrooklynGame.com. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nets assign Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson to D-League". InsideHoops.com. January 1, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Recall Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson From NBA D-league". NBA.com. January 8, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Suns rally late in 4th, beat Nets 108-100 in overtime". NBA.com. March 6, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ Buchanan, Zach (October 13, 2015). "Phoenix Suns' Cory Jefferson fighting for his spot". AZCentral.com. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  13. ^ "BROOKLYN NETS ANNOUNCE SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER AND SCHEDULE". NBA.com. June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ "BROOKLYN NETS REQUEST WAIVERS ON CORY JEFFERSON". NBA.com. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Suns Sign Burton, Casey, Jefferson, Sims, White". NBA.com. September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ Coro, Paul (October 24, 2015). "Phoenix Suns keep Cory Jefferson, waive Henry Sims". AZcentral.com. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  17. ^ Coro, Paul (October 24, 2015). "Cory Jefferson's effort earns Phoenix Suns roster spot". AZcentral.com. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Bledsoe leads Suns over cold-shooting Nuggets, 105-81". NBA.com. November 14, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Suns Waive Cory Jefferson and Bryce Cotton". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 7, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  20. ^ "JAM ACQUIRE CORY JEFFERSON". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Suns Sign Cory Jefferson". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 21, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  22. ^ "NBA D-League Transactions". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on February 3, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  23. ^ "White Pours In 37 As Jam Cruise By Blue". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 2, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  24. ^ Cleveland Cavaliers Summer League Grades After First Three Games
  25. ^ "Cavaliers Announce 2016-17 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 26, 2016. Archived from the original on September 26, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Cavaliers Waive Three Players". NBA.com. October 20, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  27. ^ Miller, Meagan (November 12, 2016). "Austin Spurs Acquire Cory Jefferson". NBA.com. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Rosters for 2017 NBA Development League All-Star Game Presented By Kumho Tire". NBA.com. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  29. ^ Sacamos, Karlo (March 16, 2017). "Alaska finds Octavius Ellis replacement in nick of time with ex-Nets forward Cory Jefferson". spin.ph. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Cory Jefferson signs with Olimpia Milano". Sportando.com. July 16, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Olimpia Milano, Cory Jefferson part ways". Sportando.com. February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2018. 
  32. ^ "Legends Acquire Cory Jefferson in Trade With Clippers". NBA.com. February 22, 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  33. ^ Mandell, Allan (June 29, 2014). "Mom kept close watch on Cory Jefferson". KDHNews.com. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 

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