Baylor forward Cory Jefferson announced Thursday that he will return to school for his senior season instead of entering the NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-9 junior was one of the most improved players in the Big 12 last season, averaging 13.3 points 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game for a Bears team that went through a disappointing regular season and missed out on the NCAA Tournament. However, Jefferson played a big role in Baylor's NIT Tournament title run in March.
"We went out on a good note," Jefferson said at a press conference, "and we're hoping to continue that next season."
Baylor will lose senior guards Pierre Jackson and A.J. Walton, and the Bears are still waiting on an NBA Draft decision from 7-footer Isaiah Austin. As a fifth-year senior, Jefferson will step into a leadershop for the Bears next year.
"Being a fifth-year guy, everyone is going to look to me as a leader," Jefferson said. "I am willing to step up and take that position. I have no problem with it."