"There are still a lot of things I need to continue to work on, both on and off the court, before I will be ready to play in the NBA," Jefferson said. "When you look at the players we have coming back for next season, we have a chance to be a really good team and I would not want to miss out on that. Since I was a little kid, it has always been my dream to play in the NBA, but that can wait for now."
Jefferson, who missed 13 games this past season with a stress fracture in his right foot, played in 21 games in 1999-2000 and started 17 times at the small forward position. The 6-foot-7, 222-pound sophomore averaged 11.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the 27-7 and Pac-10 Conference co-champion Wildcats.
He also shot .503 from the floor (84-of-167), .425 from the three-point line (17-of-40) and .714 from the free throw line (45-of-63).
As a freshman in 1998-99, Jefferson was an Pac-10 All-Freshman Team performer after averaging 11.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.9 apg.