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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