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Cory Jefferson

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 218
  • Birthdate: 12/26/1990
  • College: Baylor
Round 2: Pick 60
Drafted By: San Antonio Spurs (Brooklyn via Philadelphia)
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Length (7-0 wingspan)
  • Explosive athlete
  • Competes
  • Solid scorer in half court
  • Effective transition scorer
  • Has face-up game
  • Good rebounder
  • Good shot blocker

 

Weaknesses

  • Has to add muscle
  • Offensive game needs more polish

 

NBA projection: Jefferson has been projected as a second-round pick.

 

2013-14 Season

Jefferson, who was a second-team All-Big pick by the league’s coaches, led the field-goal percentage and blocked shots and was second in scoring and rebounding as the Bears advanced to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.

 

Key statistics: 13.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.9 bpg, 0.8 tpg, 27.9 mpg, .610 FG, .302 3PT, .700 FT

 

Cool statistic: Jefferson finished fourth in Baylor history with 166 blocked shots and 25 double-doubles.

 

Reminds me of: Carlos Rogers

 

What Insiders Say

Baylor coach Scott Drew

“Cory has been one of those guys who has always been productive. Now I think his confidence is at an all-time high, and he’s done a much better job of being a leader. It’s rare that you get fifth-year guys in college who are as talented as he is.”

 

What Outsiders Say

Creighton coach Greg McDermott

“Cory Jefferson takes up space. He plays extremely hard. He's active on the backboards. He can step out and shoot it, and he blocks shots as well.”

 

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Baylor's Cory Jefferson played alongside fellow big man prospect Isaiah Austin last season, averaging 13.7 points and 8.2 boards. He was a second-team Big 12 selection, and impresses NBA scouts with a solid mid-range game to go with his work inside.

 

"He has a nice stroke for an athlete-first player," one executive said. "He plays with a lot of energy. He could be an energy fifth big off the bench. I would like to see him handle the ball a little better. His shot is good, not great. Can be a little bit mechanical at times, even down to the way he moves. But he's a bona fide NBA athlete. He can come in and help a team right away." More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch