Men's Basketball

    Washington Wizards Select Jeffries in NBA Draft

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    June 26, 2002

    Bloomington, Ind. - The Washington Wizards chose Indiana forward Jared Jeffries with their top pick and the 11th overall selection in the 2002 NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden. Jeffries, the 2002 Big Ten Most Valuable Player who led the Hoosiers to a national runners-up finish, is the 18th player in school history selected in the first round of the draft. The 6-11 Jeffries is Indiana's first "lottery pick" (top 13) since Calbert Cheaney, the all-time leading scorer in IU and Big Ten Conference history, went sixth overall to Washington in 1993. Overall, IU is one of just nine schools nationally to have at least 11 NBA first round picks since 1980.

    "I am really excited to go to an organization like the Wizards," Jeffries said. "I had an opportunity to meet Michael Jordan, and I feel like I will fit into their system. (Indiana) Coach (Mike) Davis did a great job preparing me for the NBA."

    Despite playing just two years of college basketball, Jeffries closed his career as one of the most decorated players in Indiana history. He is 36th in the IU career scoring record book (1,008 points) and just the sixth sophomore in school history to crack the 1,000 career point plateau. A consensus second-team All-American and finalist for the 2002 Naismith Award and United States Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year Award, Jeffries was the only player in the Big Ten to rank among the league's top 10 in six different statistical categories: scoring (eighth, 15.1), rebounding (second, 7.8), steals (eighth, 1.50), blocked shots (eighth, 1.28), offensive rebounds (2.53) and defensive rebounds (second, 5.06). Jeffries also ranks among the Hoosiers' all-time top 20 in blocked shots (88) and rebounds (20th, 471).



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