Cory Jefferson is going to Russia.
The Baylor rising senior and former Killeen High standout was among the USA Basketball Men’s World University final 12-member team that will compete in the 2013 World University Games July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.
Jefferson was the only Big 12 representative and the only Texas native to make the final cut, which was announced Saturday.
“Made the final cut. Time to get the Gold,” Jefferson tweeted.
Jefferson is the seventh Baylor
representative to play for USA Basketball, and the first since Lawrence Roberts played in the 2003 Pan Am Games. Brian Skinner is the only previous Baylor player to participate in the World University Games (1997).
“Congrats Cory Jefferson on making the USA team. Baylor Nation is proud and excited for u. Bring back the GOLD,” Baylor head men’s basketball coach Scott Drew tweeted.
Jefferson, a forward at Baylor, will be one of three centers on the Team USA roster.
“Clearly versatility, we have guys that can play more than one position, that’s one of the great strengths we have,” USA head coach Bob McKillop said. “I think we shoot the ball particularly well from a number of positions, and we’ve got guys who want to be teammates. Those two things, to me, are the biggest advantages that we have, or the biggest strengths for our team.”
Joining Jefferson on the team are guards Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Tyler Haws (BYU) and Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), forwards Treveon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth), Luke Hancock (Louisville), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Adreian Payne (Michigan State) and Will Sheehey (Indiana) and centers Alex Kirk (New Mexico) and Aaron White (Iowa).
The team departs from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for Russia on Monday and will practice July 3-6. The Americans play UAE at 6:30 p.m. on July 7, the Czech Republic at 1 p.m. on July 8, Sweden at 9 p.m. on July 10, Australia at 6:30 p.m. on July 11 and Canada at 1 p.m. on July 12.
Jefferson averaged 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks a game this season as a fourth-year junior. He started all 37 games and led the Bears to the 2013 NIT Championship.
He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and a member of the NIT All-Tournament Team after averaging a team-high 21.2 points while shooting 71.9 percent from the floor during the Bears’ 5-0 tournament to the NIT title, the team’s first-ever postseason tournament championship.