March 11, 2014
ST. LOUIS -
Baylor senior forward Cory Jefferson
has been voted District VII Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association, joining Pierre Jackson
as the only players in program history to win the honor.
With Jefferson's spot on the all-district team, Baylor has now had at least one all-district selection in seven straight years, including six all-district honorees over the last two seasons. Jefferson and Jackson give Baylor back-to-back USBWA District Players of the Year, extending the streak of players from the state of Texas winning the award to five straight years and 10 of the last 11 seasons.
District VII includes all Division I basketball programs in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Jefferson was joined on the all-district team by fellow Big 12 Conference players Jaye Crockett (Texas Tech), Jonathan Holmes (Texas) and Cameron Ridley (Texas). Baylor has now had 10 all-district honorees in the last seven years after earning seven all-district honors in a 21-year span from 1987 through 2007.
Jefferson was previously named second-team All-Big 12 by the league's media and third-team All-Big 12 in voting by the conference's coaches.
A fifth-year senior from Killeen, Texas, Jefferson leads the Bears with 13.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per game this season. He has started 68 consecutive games, and his 1.4 blocks per game rank second on the team and sixth in the Big 12. Jefferson also ranks 15th in the league in scoring and fourth in rebounding.
No. 7 seed Baylor takes on No. 10 TCU at 8:30 p.m. CT Wednesday first round action at the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The game will be televised on Big 12 Network from Kansas City's Sprint Center.
2014 BIG 12 POSTSEASON HONORS
All-Big 12, honorable mention (coaches)
Big 12 All-Defensive team (coaches)
All-Big 12, honorable mention (media)
District VII Player of the Year (USBWA)
All-Big 12, second team (media)
All-Big 12, third team (coaches)