Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Moon Valley HS
General: One of the most athletic players in the country, he
looks to rebound from a sophomore season that saw him miss most of the
Pac-10 Conference schedule after suffering a stress fracture in his right
foot (fifth metatarsal)... Sidelined for 13 games after going down with
the injury three minutes into the UAs upset of No. 1 Stanford at Maples
Pavilion on Jan. 8... That was the second game of the league schedule...
Came back at Oregon State on March 2... After playing down in the post
in high school, he has moved his game to the perimeter in college... Quick
first step and has strength that matches his quickness... In 49 collegiate
games, he has started 43 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.
1999-00 (Sophomore): Before going down with the injury in Arizonas
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 Arizonas
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 teams 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 squads 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
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 wasnt a major injury that affected his
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... Was the
subject of a Sports Illustrated feature as a result.
Personal: Richard Allen Jefferson... Son of Richard Jefferson
and Meekness LeCato... Born 6-21-80 in Los Angeles, Calif... A family studies
major at the UA... Both parents attended Arizona State... Parents are also
missionaries who, along with their son, have traveled around the world.
Jefferson's Career Statistics