The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs selected Killeen High School graduate Cory Jefferson with the 60th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Jefferson is the first Killeen player to get selected in the NBA Draft.
“I didn’t have to wait as long as I thought I’d have to to get into the NBA,” Jefferson said with a big smile. “I didn’t really watch the Spurs growing up. But I know there are a lot of Spurs fans and Rockets fans and Mavs fans around here.”
While at Killeen High, Jefferson and the Roos never lost a home game. He is one of the most — if not the most — accomplished players in the history of Killeen High. He led Killeen to three consecutive 30-win seasons. As a sophomore during the 2006-2007 season, he averaged 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.1 blocks to garner All-District 16-4A honors.
Jefferson committed to Baylor during his junior year and picked the Bears over Arizona State, Kansas State, Marquette, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
He became a name across the Lone Star State after being named the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A Player of the Year and was an All-District 25-4A first-team selection. In his senior season, Jefferson averaged 19 points, six rebounds and shot 53.6 percent from the field in 37 games.
Jefferson entered the draft as an anomaly, a player who used all four years of his eligibility. He was a part of Baylor’s Elite Eight teams as a freshman in 2010 and redshirt sophomore in 2012.
He broke into the starting lineup beginning in his junior year, 2012-13. In that season, Jefferson averaged 13 points and seven rebounds and helped Baylor win the NIT championship.
This past season, Jefferson averaged 13 points and eight rebounds and helped the Bears turn their season around and make it to the NCAA Sweet 16 before losing to eventual Final Four participant Wisconsin. Jefferson finished his collegiate career with 60 double-digit scoring games.
COMING SATURDAY: Read more about Jefferson’s plans as he heads to the NBA.
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