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Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Phoenix, Ariz.

High School:
Moon Valley

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 222

Position:
F

Experience:
3L

General: An early entrant into the 2001 NBA Draft ... One of the most athletic players in the country ... Developed into a defensive force and was one of the keys to UA's run to the 2001 National Championship game ... Earned all-Final Four and all-Midwest Regional honors in 2001 ... Suffered a stress fracture in his right foot (fifth metatarsal) three minutes into the UA's upset of No. 1 Stanford at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 8, 2000 ... In 84 collegiate games, started 77 times... Big-time jumper who may be the best dunker in the land... Makes regular appearances on "Plays of the Week"... Like Sean Elliott and Mike Bibby before him, a high school player from the state of Arizona who will make a big impact on the Wildcat basketball program.

2000-01 (Junior): Returned to full strength after breaking a bone in his right foot last season ... One of the most explosive players around ... Excellent leaping ability ... All-NCAA Final Four pick after totaling 36 points (13-of-26 FG), 16 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three steals in games vs. Michigan State and Duke ... All-NCAA Midwest Regional selection ... Averaged 13.5 points and 6.3 boards, while shooting .500 from the floor in NCAA Tournament play ... Shot at a 52.8 percent clip in three games at Maui ... Ranked fourth on the squad with his 11.3 ppg average ... Hit a career-best four treys in eight attempts vs. Duke in the National Championship game on 4/2, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the second half ... Tallied 17 points, eight boards and two blocks in the National Semifinal win over Michigan State on 3/31 ... Held Big Ten MVP Frank Williams to just nine points on 3-of-15 shooting in the Regional Final vs. Illinois on 3/25 to go with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds ... Notched his first double-double of the year with 15 points and 11 rebounds on 3/23 vs. Mississippi ... Collected eight points, three boards and two steals on 3/18 vs. Butler ... Opened the NCAA Tournament with 12 points, three assists and no turnovers in 23 minutes vs. Eastern Illinois on 3/16 ... Solid effort with nine rebounds, seven points and six assists on 3/10 at California ... Was key in the win at Stanford on 3/8 with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks ... Scored 13 points (7-of-9 FT) on 3/8 vs. Oregon ... Narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and a season-high 10 rebounds on 3/1 vs. Oregon State ... Totaled 10 points, six boards two assists and a block on 2/21 at Arizona State ... Collected 11 points, four boards and three blocks at USC on 2/17 ... Hit 6-of-12 FG attempts and added eight rebounds and two assists on 2/15 at UCLA ... Hit 4-of-6 FG attempts en route to 10 points on 2/10 vs. Washington State ... Scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting on 2/8 vs. Washington ... Put forth a solid all-around effort with 10 points, six boards, six assists and a career-best three steals on 2/3 at Oregon State ... Tallied 12 points and seven boards on 2/1 at Oregon ... Scored 13 points (5-of-8 FG) to go with a season-high nine boards on 1/27 vs. Texas ... Hit just 1-of-9 FG attempts and 7-10 FTs to finish with nine points vs. Arizona State on 1/24 ... His defense has been outstanding of late, as he held UCLA's Jason Kapono to just four points on 2-of-14 shooting on 1/20 ... Scored 12 points and five boards and three assists in the win over UCLA on 1/20 ... Tallied his first double-figure game in five outings on 1/18 vs. USC with 17 points to go with eight boards and seven assists ... Totaled eight points and five rebounds at Washington on 1/13 ... Scored four points and added four assists and two blocks on 1/11 vs. Washington State ... Grabbed seven rebounds to go with three points on 1/6 vs. Stanford ... Scored just nine points and grabbed six boards, but hit two key FTs with six seconds to go to give UA the three-point win over California on 1/4 ... Matched a season-high with 20 points vs. Mississippi State on 12/30 to go with five assists and four rebounds ... Collected seven points, six rebounds and three assists in the win over Butler on 12/28 ... Scored 12 points (5-of-8 FG) and added five boards in win over LSU on 12/20 ... Scored 10 points and added seven boards and a career-high three steals vs. Illinois on 12/16 ... Scored eight points and added two assists at Connecticut on 12/9 ... DNP vs. Saint Mary's on 12/2 due to an NCAA suspension ... Rebounded from a sub-par performance vs. Purdue with season-high totals of 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists vs. Gonzaga on 11/29 ... Equaled a then-season high with four assists vs. Purdue on 11/25 ... Hit 3-of-5 treys en route to 18 points in the win over No. 8 Illinois and added five boards in the Maui Invitational final ... Added to his highlight reel of dunks with his one-handed alley-oop vs. Dayton and added three blocks in the game ... Opened the year with a team-high 16 points vs. Chaminade on 11/20.

1999-00 (Sophomore): Before going down with the injury in Arizona's 15th game of the year, he had started at the three-position in every outing... Played in 21 games and started 17 times overall... Had been one of Arizona's most consistent players, scoring in double figures in all but three games... Averaged 11.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.8 apg... Even though he missed 13 games, he was still second on the team in blocks with 24... Finished the season shooting over 50% from the floor (84-167/.503), over 40% from the three-point line (17-40/.425) and over 70% from the free throw line (45-63/.714)... Was the team's leading scorer heading into Pac-10 play... Was averaging 12.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, and 3.3 apg before sustaining his injury... Was also the squad's top three-point shooter (.452/14-31) and third overall in field goal percentage (.532)... Was back to his old self in the win over second-ranked Stanford at McKale Center on March 9... Scored 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting... His play in 21 minutes off the bench sparked the Cats... In the regular season finale, scored seven points and was big on defense, blocking a career-high four shots... In the NCAA Tournament first round win over Jackson State, scored 14 points to go with five rebounds and three blocks... Best game of the year was in the win at No. 9 Texas... Went for 19 points, five rebounds and four assists... Scored all 19 points in the decisive second half on an 8-of-10 shooting display... Had a double-double in the first game of the season, with 15 points and 10 boards versus Kansas State... In the win over fifth-ranked Michigan State in Tucson, he had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists - and what was one of the finest dunks of the year - a double-pump reverse breakaway slam... Was 4-of-6 from the three-point line against IUPUI and 10-of-12 from the free throw line against New Mexico... Named the Preseason NIT All-Tournament team after averaging 14 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 4.5 apg in wins against Notre Dame and Kentucky in Madison Square Garden... Was also on the Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 2.0 apg in wins over UNC-Wilmington and Delaware.

1998-99 (Freshman): Member of the Pac-10's All-Freshman team after averaging 11.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.9 apg... Started the second-most games on the team (26)... Was in the starting five at either the two or three spots, with the majority coming at the three... Stepped up his play during the Pac-10 season, averaging 12.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg... Scored in double figures 17 times and led the team in scoring twice (at USC/at Oregon State)... Second leading assist man on the squad (80, 2.9 apg) and had seven games with five or more... Breakout game of the season was at USC when he went for a then career-high 24 points with eight rebounds and six assists... Was 7-of-11 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the free throw line... One game later, he bettered that outing with the first double-double of his career -- 25 points and 12 boards against Washington State in Tucson... The following game versus Washington, he grabbed a Jason Terry shot that was short of the rim on the way down and put it in the basket as time expired to give the Cats an 88-86 win... Had 13 points in that outing... In the four-game homestand (Arizona State-Oregon) in mid-February, he averaged 11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 5.8 apg... In the final game of that stretch, he scored 18 points to go with five assists and four rebounds against Oregon... Named to the Fiesta Bowl Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 14 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in wins over Holy Cross and Florida International... Scored 17 in the title game against FIU... Scored in double figures seven straight games that he played in from UC-Irvine through Washington (missed the Iowa State game) early in the season... Averaged 16.3 during that stretch... Went for a team-high 20 points in the loss at Oregon State... Career-high eight assists to go with 11 points in the win over LSU... Underwent surgery at the end of last season to repair a stress fracture in his left foot... The injury was initially detected prior to the start of his freshman season, but doctors waited until the end of the year, as it wasn't a major injury that affected his performance.

High School: A McDonald's All-American from Phoenix's Moon Valley High School... Led Moon Valley to the state 4A championship game as a senior... Arizona state 4A Player of the Year as a senior... That season, he averaged 25 ppg, 13 rpg, 4 apg, 3 spg and 4 bpg... Led his senior squad to a 27-3 record... Averaged 27 ppg, seven rpg and six apg as a junior... Played in the Eddie Jones Classic in April of his senior year at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles... Stock rose in the summer of 1997 when he played well for the Arizona Stars in a Las Vegas tournament... The subject of a Sports Illustrated feature as a result.

Jefferson, Richard

Total 3-Point Rebounds Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg 1998-99 28-26 755/27.0 104-210 .495 12-33 .364 97-125 .776 50-84 134 4.8 68-5 80 68 11 22 317/11.3 1999-00 21-17 495/23.6 84-167 .503 17-40 .425 45-63 .714 25-67 92 4.4 53-2 58 55 24 6 230/11.0 2000-01 35-34 961/27.5 147-307 .479 31-90 .344 72-110 .655 58-132 190 5.4 98-3 94 104 28 27 397/11.3 TOTAL 84-77 2211/26.3 335-684 .490 60-163 .368 214-298 .718 133-283 416 5.0 219-10 232 227 63 55 944/11.2


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