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Richard Jefferson HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 18, 2013
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Richard Jefferson

Richard Jefferson HOF     From his time as an All-Pac-10 Freshman Team standout to his 19-point, eight-rebound performance in the national title game and an All-Final Four Team citation, Richard Jefferson always could be counted on to produce. After his junior season, Richard was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 13th overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft. Soon after, Richard's draft rights were traded to the New Jersey Nets. With the Nets, Richard finished second in Rookie of the Year voting and reached the NBA Finals in each of his first two seasons. The on-court successes continued for Richard, as he played for Team USA in the 2004 Olympics, earning a bronze medal. Since then, Richard has played for the Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs. At the time of his induction, Richard has averaged 17.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game during his nine NBA seasons. In 2007, Richard made a lasting impact on the University of Arizona by pledging $3.5 million towards a basketball and volleyball practice facility that now bears his name. The multi-million dollar gift is believed to be the largest donation made by a professional athlete to their alma mater.