Cory Jefferson had the best game of his career against the Phoenix Suns. Now he hopes to establish himself with them.
The former Killeen High and Baylor University star made the cut and will be on Phoenix’s 14-man roster when the Suns open their season.
“Just a blessing in disguise,” Jefferson said in a text to the Herald. “I Feel it’s a good (fit) for me on this team and I wouldn’t be here if the Nets wouldn’t have waived me so it all worked out in the end.”
Jefferson, then with the Brooklyn Nets, scored 13 points and hauled in 12 rebounds against the Suns last March. That proved to be the best game of his young career.
Brooklyn waived Jefferson in July two days before he was due to receive $150,000 as a part of a partially guaranteed deal Jefferson signed in the summer of 2014.
The 6-foot-9, 218-pound Jefferson, along with Henry Sims were signed to non-guaranteed contracts in September and given a chance to make the team out of training camp. Sims was waived by Phoenix on Saturday.
Jefferson has played in five preseason games and averaged 1.4 rebounds.
He was selected with the final pick of the 2014 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs then had his rights traded to Brooklyn the following day.
Jefferson became a Roo legend by helping Killeen to three straight 30-win seasons.
As a senior in 2008-09, Jefferson earned the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A Player of the Year honor. He starred at Baylor where he averaged 13 points and eight rebounds as a senior and helped the Bears reach the Sweet 16.
Jefferson averaged 3.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 10.6 minutes in 50 games as a Net.
Phoenix plays on national television for the first time this season when they host the Los Angeles Clippers at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 on TNT.