Cory Jefferson has made it to the NBA, but he didn’t do it alone and that is why he’s going to return to his alma mater next month.
Jefferson, an NBA free agent, will hold his first annual basketball camp from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at Killeen High School.
“It’s something that I wanted to give back,” Jefferson said. “None of the kids or their parents have to pay for anything, everything’s taken care of. I wanted to give back to the city where I grew up, where I first started playing basketball and where I first started having a dream of making it to where I am right now.”
“I just wanted to give back to the city and thank everyone for their support,” he continued.
There are still some spots available for 7 to 17-year-olds. The kids will learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun and playful environment.
Jefferson, a former Kangaroo and Baylor Bear, said it was important to him to come back after his rookie season and give back to the kids in the community.
“Every coach, everybody I’ve come across in every aspect of the basketball world has helped me get to where I am today,” Jefferson said. “Especially the coaches from the city of Killeen.”
Jefferson, a 6-foot-9, 218-pound power forward, is looking for another shot in the league after the Nets released him earlier this week.
He averaged 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game last season. His best game came on March 6 when he scored 12 points and hauled in 12 rebounds against the Phoenix Suns.
The Killeen High gym is a friendly and memorable setting for Jefferson.
The Roos never lost a home game with Jefferson on the varsity team, and he helped Killeen to three consecutive 30-win seasons and was named the 2008-09 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A Player of the Year as a senior.
He’s been back at the Killeen High gym a few times since being drafted, and the place still feels like home.
“Every time I go in the gym and see some of the teachers that were there and see that ‘K’ that’s in building in the gym,” Jefferson said about the feeling of nostalgia.
He went on to star at Baylor where he averaged 13 points and eight rebounds as a senior and helped the Bears reach the Sweet 16 during the 2013-14 season.