As Cory Jefferson received congratulatory hugs and well-wishes on NBA Draft night last month and took in his moment of being drafted into the league, there was one thought about what he would do with his first contract.
“I know I wanted to help my mom out, that’ll be the main thing,” Jefferson said on draft night.
He is now one step closer to helping out his mom and making a name for himself in the league after the Brooklyn Nets signed Jefferson to a multi-year contract on Wednesday.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Jefferson was drafted with the 60th and final pick of the draft by the San Antonio Spurs and traded to Brooklyn. The team also announced the signing of Markel Brown, the 44th overall draft pick, a player Brooklyn acquired from Minnesota.
The former Baylor and Killeen High star will now head to training camp this fall and look for an opportunity to make the regular season roster.
He earned his way onto the team by averaging 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds for Brooklyn’s summer league team in Orlando last month.
The 6-foot-9, 218-pound Jefferson had six points, nine rebounds and two steals during the first game of summer league play against Indiana.
Most importantly, he showed the ability to make adjustments game by game. Jefferson had eight points and five rebounds against Miami.
He followed that up with nine points and five rebounds against Oklahoma City and 14 points and eight rebounds against Philadelphia.
He wrapped up summer league play with a 19-point, seven-rebound and three-block performance against Houston.
The Nets will begin their first year under coach Lionel Hollins. Hollins takes over after former coach Jason Kidd left Brooklyn for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jefferson will have a post mentor in veteran forward-center Kevin Garnett who will return for his 20th NBA season.
The Nets also re-signed small forward Alan Anderson and traded for point guard Jarrett Jack and shooting guard Sergey Karasev
As a Kangaroo, Jefferson never lost a home game. He led Killeen to three consecutive 30-win seasons.
At Baylor, Jefferson broke into the starting lineup his junior year, 2012-13.
Jefferson finished his collegiate career with 60 double-digit scoring games and was part of two Bears teams that reached the NCAA Elite Eight.