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Baylor Forward Cory Jefferson Makes Wise Decision to Return For Senior Season

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On Thursday evening, Baylor Bears‘ forward Cory Jefferson announced to the college basketball world that he was returning to school for his senior season. Jefferson saw added minutes this past season and the 6-foot-9 forward made the most out of his opportunity, turning his collegiate career around and proving his potential.

After averaging just over three minutes per game in 2011-12, Jefferson broke out this past season scoring 13.3 points per game, while securing 8.0 rebounds per game. The beastly forward had been improving his stock for the NBA Draft, but only to an extent. Jefferson was considered as the 49th best prospect in this year’s field by DraftExpress.com prior to his announcement on Thursday. With another year at the collegiate level, Jefferson can take this opportunity to build on his numbers once again, hopefully increasing his draft stock even more so.

As for Baylor, they are surely thrilled to have Jefferson’s services back in the fold next season. The Bears, who won the 2013 NIT Tournament, are losing star point guard Pierre Jackson and still await a potential NBA Draft decision from freshman forward Isaiah Austin, who could be a first round selection if he chooses to enter his name. Austin will have until Sunday evening to make a decision.

If Austin decides to return alongside Jefferson in the front court, Baylor could surely have one of the top, if not the top front court in the Big 12 Conference

Jefferson is an original native of Killeen, Texas.

 

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NCAA Tournament Profile: Baylor Bears

Record: 24-9

RPI: 10

BPI: 19

Conference: Big 12 Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 3 seed in West

 

The Baylor Bears didn’t win the Big 12 title, but there was no question that they were an NCAA tournament team entering the Big 12 tourney. That tends to be the case when a team is ranked in the top 25 entering the final week of the season.

The Bears had the pleasure of playing in the dance last season, but they went down to the Wisconsin Badgers, who ended up making a run to the Final Four.

This time around, they have the talent to make a similar run to Wisconsin’s, and playing in the very deep Big 12 certainly didn’t hurt. Translation: Baylor is tournament tested, if you will.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Taurean Prince (13.8 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Rico Gathers (11.6 RPG)

Leading Passer: Kenny Chery (4.0 APG)

Bad Losses: None

Good Wins: Iowa State (twice), Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia (x3)

 

Would you look at all of those quality wins. Iowa State, Oklahoma and West Virginia all have the talent to make a Final Four run. All three of those teams won’t make that type of run, but the talent is still definitely there.

Although Baylor doesn’t exactly have star power, said star power doesn’t always mean everything, especially in a tournament as crazy as the Big Dance. The team does have four players who are averaging 10+ points per game, and can keep up with the best of them. Once again, the Bears did manage to knock off Iowa State … twice.

The Baylor Bears are dancing!

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

The Baylor Bears may have had an early exit last season, but this year's squad has the talent to make a serious run.

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