Baylor basketball seniors Cory Jefferson and Brady Heslip will compete in numerous events during the buildup to this weekend’s NCAA Final Four in North Texas.
Heslip has been selected to participate in the State Farm College 3-Point Championship, and Jefferson will compete at the same event in the College Slam Dunk Contest. Those competitions will be at 8 p.m. CT Thursday at SMU’s Moody Coliseum and will be televised live on ESPN.
Jefferson will also play in the Reese’s College All-Star Game, which tips off at 4:30 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Admission to the all-star game is free.
Heslip, a Burlington, Ontario, native, wrapped up his Baylor career ranked 20th in career scoring with 1,140 points, and he finished as the school’s all-time leader in 3-point field goal percentage at .437, making 301 of 689 career 3-point attempts. Heslip was so far ahead of the second-best Baylor 3-point shooter that he could’ve attempted and missed 75 more 3-pointers and still would’ve been Baylor’s all-time leader. His 301 career 3-pointers made rank second in program history, trailing only the 388 made by LaceDarius Dunn.
He also finished the 2013-14 season with a .465 3-point percentage, which ranked ninth all-time on the Big 12 Conference single-season list, his 118 3-pointers made this season tied for second-most ever by a Big 12 player, his 301 career 3-pointers made rank fifth in conference history, and his .437 career 3-point percentage ranks third on the league’s all-time list.
Jefferson, a fifth-year senior from Killeen, Texas, finished his Baylor career ranked 19th in school history with 1,159 career points, 10th with a .543 field goal percentage, ninth with 722 rebounds, fourth with 166 blocks, tied for fourth with 25 double-doubles and third with 95 career wins. Over Jefferson’s four years as an active member of the roster, Baylor won 107 games, more than any player in program history. He sat out the 2010-11 season as a redshirt.
Heslip will compete against Marshall Henderson (Mississippi), Ethan Wragge (Creighton), Akeem Richmond (East Carolina), Luke Hancock (Louisville), Andre Dawkins (Duke), Travis Bader (Oakland) and one additional player to be determined.
Jefferson will square off in the dunk contest against Cleanthony Early (Wichita State), Ronald Roberts Jr. (Saint Joseph’s), Michael Craig (Southern Miss), Walt Lemon Jr. (Bradley), Chase Fieler (Florida Gulf Coast), Adreian Payne (Michigan State) and one additional player to be determined.
In the Reese’s All-Star Game, Jefferson will suit up for the West team along with fellow Big 12 Conference players Cameron Clark (Oklahoma) and Jaye Crockett (Texas Tech). They’ll be joined by Davion Berry (Weber State), Joe Jackson (Memphis), Neil Watson (Southern Miss), Drew Crawford (Northwestern), Shawn Jones (Middle Tennessee), Sam Dower Jr. (Gonzaga), Christian Standhardinger (Hawaii) and Garrick Sherman (Notre Dame), and the team will be coached by Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins.
The East team roster features Karvel Anderson (Robert Morris), Langston Hall (Mercer), Markel Starks (Georgetown), Pendarvis Williams (Norfolk State), Dwayne Evans (Saint Louis), Will Sheehey (Indiana), Juvonte Reddic (VCU), Jerrelle Benimon (Towson), Halil Kanacevic (Saint Joseph’s) and Talib Zanna (Pittsburgh), and the team will be coached by Maryland’s Mark Turgeon.