NBA DRAFT 2001
Richard Allen Jefferson
Moon Valley HS, Phoenix, Ariz.
June 21, 1980
Selected in the first round (13th pick overall) by the Houston Rockets. Draft rights traded to the New Jersey Nets.
Early entry candidate for the 2001 NBA Draft.
Selected to All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after 1998-99 season.
Helped Arizona reach NCAA Tournament three times, losing to Duke in 2001 NCAA Championship Game.
As a junior, started 34 of 35 games, finishing second on the team in blocks (24), third in rebounding (5.4 rpg), third in assists (2.7 apg) and fourth in scoring (11.3 ppg).
Had stellar NCAA Tournament, upping averages to 13.5 ppg and 6.3 rpg and shooting 50 percent from the field.
Posted first double-double of the season in Midwest Regional Semifinal against Mississippi (15 points, 11 rebounds).
In Regional Final vs. Illinois, held Big 10 MVP (and Third Team AP All-America point guard) Frank Williams to nine points on 3-of-15 shooting.
Also scored 10 points and pulled down team-high six rebounds.
Picked for All-Midwest Regional Team.
In national semifinal against Michigan State, poured in 17 points, adding eight rebounds and two blocks while limiting Second Team AP All-America guard Jason Richardson to six points on 2-for-11 shooting.
Had strong NCAA title game against Duke, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the second half (including sinking a career-best 4-of-8 three pointers) and hauling in eight rebounds.
Named to All-Final Four Team.
Missed 13 games as a sophomore after breaking fifth metatarsal in right foot in 15th game of the season.
Started every game before injury.
Finished second on the team in blocks with 24 (1.1 bpg).
Also posted 4.4 rpg and 2.8 apg, ranking third on the team in both categories.
Dropped in all 19 of his points against Texas in the second half (shooting 8-for-10 from field) while grabbing five rebounds and handing out four assists.
Averaged 14 points, 7.5 rebound and 4.5 assists in wins over Notre Dame and Kentucky in Preseason NIT, earning All-Tournament honors.
As a freshman, finished second on the team in games started (26), averaging 4.8 rebounds (tied for third-best) and 2.9 assists (second-best).
Upgraded performance during Pac-10 play, scoring 12.8 ppg and pulling down 5.2 rpg.
Scored in double figures 17 times.
Recorded at least five assists in seven games.
Tallied 25 points and 12 boards against Washington State.
Selected to Fiesta Bowl Classic All-Tournament Team after ringing up 14 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 3.0 apg in victories over Holy Cross and Florida International.
|Three-point field goals: 1998-99. 12-for-33 (.364); 1999-00, 17-for-40 (.425); 2000-01, 31-for-90 (.344); Totals: 60-for-163 (.000).