Can Baylor Bears' Cory Jefferson Make An Even Bigger Leap In His Senior Year?

By Trevor Lowry
Cory Jefferson
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The Baylor Bears will enter the season with pretty high expectations once again. A big reason for that is Cory Jefferson returning for his final year in college. However, can he make an even bigger leap in his senior year?

Jefferson had to ride the bench for quite a while, thanks NBA talent always being ahead of him. Last season was the first year he finally got his shot and he made the most of it by averaging 13.3 points per game, eight rebounds per game and 1.9 blocks per game. He also shot a very impressive 61 percent from the field.

The previous season, he only averaged 10.5 minutes per game, which resulted in 3.6 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game. To say he had a breakout season would be a huge understatement.

This will be Jefferson’s and Isaiah Austin‘s team in the 2013-14 college basketball season, thanks to Pierre Jackson no longer being on the team. Not to mention, both of those players are the two best on the team.

Jefferson and Austin could make up one of the best front court duos in the nation, but both players will have to get better, especially Austin, who could possibly be one of the best big men in college basketball.

Still, if Jefferson can make an even bigger leap in the upcoming season, not only will Baylor compete for a conference title and make the 2014 NCAA Tournament, but his draft stock will sky rocket.

With more looks, his scoring should easily go up considering how effective he is when he shoots the ball. All and all, it should be a great year for Jefferson and the Bears–if they can meet expectations that is.

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