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Apr 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Metro State Roadrunners guard Brandon Jefferson (3) drives against Drury Panthers forward Cameron Adams (24) in the first half of the 2013 NCAA division II national championship game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Jefferson, Denver Nugget Summer League Player

All 5’9″ 175 pounds of Brandon Jefferson is going to Las Vegas to try to impress the Denver Nuggets management and fans.  The Metropolitan State University of Denver graduate wore #3 while playing for the Roadrunners.  Denver’s current #3 Ty Lawson is listed as two inches taller than Jefferson.  A snippet from his school release about Jefferson being selected to play for the Nuggets in the upcoming summer league:

 This past season, he was named the consensus national player of the year in NCAA Division II after breaking the school record in scoring, free throws made and free throw percentage. He averaged 21.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals, while shooting 45.3 percent from 3-point range and 92.3 percent from the 3-point line.

I repeat the part that excites me the most, “breaking the school record in…free throw percentage.”

Denver Post writer Christopher Dempsey chronicled Brandon Jefferson’s invite to a second workout prior to the draft:

Meanwhile, the 5-foot-9 Jefferson is out to prove that height is nothing but a number.

“In the NBA, it’s all about height,” said Jefferson, who displayed every bit of the sharp shooting that led him to average 45.3 percent from the 3-point line. Jefferson scored 21.6 points per game. “I’m done growing. I think I can make it (to the NBA). I have the confidence, God gave me good talent. I’ve just got to work my butt off and make it.”

Jefferson pointed to former Nuggets Earl Boykins and Anthony Carter as examples of smaller guards that did just fine. And in fact the Nuggets have two sub-six footers at guard in starter Ty Lawson and reserve Nate Robinson.

The Denver Nuggets tweeted the following statement from Brandon Jefferson:

 

Jefferson has all the makings of a Cinderella story.  It all starts with a Cinderella run this Summer League season with the Nuggets.  The fun starts Saturday July 12th at 6PM EST versus Toronto.

 

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