Just a day after sending home Octavius Ellis due to “family emergency”, the Alaska Aces finally got a quick replacement after coming to terms with former Brooklyn Nets forward Cory Jefferson as their import for the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“Yes, we are getting Cory Jefferson,” said Compton’s in a short response when asked about the Aces’ new import for the mid-season conference.
Listed at 6-foot-9, the 60th overall pick of San Antonio in the 2014 NBA Draft is coming off a solid stint with the Austin Toros, the Spurs’ affiliate team in the NBA D-League, assuring he’ll be in tip-top shape for an Aces side lacking size and heft down low.
The 218-pound Jefferson averaged 16.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in over 29 minutes of play for the Spurs this season and was eventually named to the Western Conference All-Star team in the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
A standout of Baylor College, the 26-year-old Jefferson failed to immediately play for the Spurs after being traded on draft night to the Brooklyn Nets. He played 50 games for the Nets during the 2014-15 season, averaging 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.6 minutes of play.
The athletic Jefferson, who also played 8 games for the Phoenix Suns last season, is expected to arrive late this week, but will have little time to adjust as the Aces make their Commissioner’s Cup debut on Saturday against the GlobalPort Batang Pier at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Alaska’s key locals led by Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel, Sonny Thoss and JVee Casio are all expected to play big roles and help Jefferson against a GlobalPort side, which will be bannered by NBA veteran Sean Williams.
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