The accolades have already begun pouring in for Baylor senior Cory Jefferson, as the former Killeen standout was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team, the league office announced Thursday.
Jefferson and center Isaiah Austin became the sixth and seventh Bears selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 team since 2002 on Thursday, marking the first time in Baylor history that two Bears were named to the team.
For Jefferson, the selection follows a summer in which he was named to the USA Basketball Men’s World University team and later competed in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia in July.
Jefferson tweeted “Blessed and Thankful..” on Thursday afternoon.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Jefferson ended last season by being named to the NIT All-Tournament team after helping the Bears win the tournament for the first time in program history.
The former Roo is projected by many services to be a first-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, after passing up the chance to turn pro following his junior season, in which he was named honorable mention All-Big 12.
Jefferson started all 37 games for the Bears last season after redshirting as a sophomore. He averaged 13.3 points, eight rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game and recorded 10 double-doubles, which was the fourth-most in the Big 12.
He memorably led Killeen to four straight district championships as a Kangaroo and was named the TABC Class 4A Player of the Year following his senior year.
Jefferson and the Bears will open the 2013-2014 season at the American Airlines Center in Dallas when they take on former conference foe Colorado in the Tip-Off Showcase.