Jefferson Proves to be Metro’s Shooting Star on and off the Court

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Posted Wed, Mar 27, 2013

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MILE-HIGH SHOOTER: Brandon Jefferson has lead the Roadrunners in scoring with an average of 15.2 points per game and entered the season eighth all-time on the Metro State three-pointer list with 113 successful three-point shots made.


DENVER, Auraria Campus- The legacies of great players are cemented in big moments. These moments are what define a player’s career, and are met through hard work, determination and passion. Those that were at the Auraria Event Center on March 9 witnessed Metro State point guard Brandon Jefferson’s big moment.

With nine-seconds left with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship on the line, Metro State was down 60-59 to Ft. Lewis. That is when Jefferson stepped up with a pull-up jumper from the side of the hoop to give the Roadrunners a 61-60 lead.

After a Hail Mary shot by the Skyhawks fell short as time expired, Jefferson became the king of the town. His bucket secured the 2012-2013 RMAC Championship. The Metro State faithful, than mobbed and hoisted Jefferson on their shoulders, as he finished the contest with 20 points (leading all scorers in the contest) and was named the tournament’s MVP. He also provided one of the most memorable and electrifying finishes in Metro State athletics history.

“It was an incredible shot,” says Metro State assistant coach, Adam Wall reflecting on the junior’s clutch performance. “He likes that pull-shot in practice.”

Indeed the game was a huge victory for the Roadrunners, but this is not the first time Jefferson helped his team win a championship. One of Jefferson’s most proud moments came growing up in Texas.

“Winning three AAU National Championships,” says Jefferson with huge smile on his face. “It is unbelievable to be a national champion!”

Jefferson began his basketball life playing Amateur Athletic Union for his church while in third grade. This developed a passion that continues to last to this day. However, he owes all this to own man.

“My dad. He has done lot; he taught me how to play. Words can not describe him,” says Jefferson talking about the person that he looks up to the most.

Jefferson came to Metro State from Flower Mound, Texas and is the first recruit of Roadrunner head coach Derrick Clark. Jefferson picked Metro because he knew he would play for an incredible coach.

“Coach Clark is a great coach. I will ride with him all the way.”

Jefferson repaid Coach Clark by helping lead Metro all the way to the elite eight appearance last year and he also gave Clark his first-ever NCAA tournament win in 2010-2011. This year Jefferson has helped lead Metro to a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament and the RMAC Championship.

The Roadrunner’s success should come as no surprise to many, especially with Jefferson as the team’s floor general. Assistant Coach Wall recalls the first time he met Jefferson and the impact of the impression Jefferson left him with.

“The one thing about Brandon since I first met him is his work ethic. His work ethic high level and top notch,” Wall says.

That hard work led to Jefferson being named all-RMAC second team last year and all-region this year, which honors the top players in each region of the NCAA tournament bracket.

Jefferson’s hard work has also impressed his teammates, especially fellow all-region honoree Metro senior forward/center Jonathan Morse.

“Awesome, his size is decisive. He plays with so much heart and is quick. He is a special kid,” says Morse who adds, “When he goes, we go.”

Jefferson’s career at Metro State has been extremely successful so far, his freshman year was one of the toughest times in his basketball life.

Fade away jumper

HOOP DREAMS: Jefferson’s patented fade away jumper helped him win three AAU National Championships.

“Freshman year I was homesick. I missed my parents,” reflects Jefferson on this rough time; luckily Coach Clark helped him. “Coach let me go home; but I had to grow.”

Indeed Jefferson has grown into a remarkable player and one that Metro State fans will remember for years to come. This year Jefferson has lead the squad in scoring with an average of 15.2 points per game and entered the season eighth all-time on the Metro State three-pointer list with 113 successful three-point shots made. This has created a winning legacy for Jefferson.

“Individual wise he will have so much he has accomplished, but how much he has won,” Wall says about how Jefferson will be remembered.

While his individual accolades have been nothing short of spectacular, he has learned a lot more just being a basketball player at Metro State.

“Be unselfish, it is about the team and (to) have pride,” says Jefferson as he lists some of the most important lessons he has learned about being a basketball player at MetroState. Jefferson plans to take these lessons with him after he graduates from Metro, where he plans to play basketball overseas and eventually start coaching in the high school and college ranks.

Jefferson has been phenomenal to watch on the court, Wall insists that Jefferson is just as impressive away from the wood floor.

“Everything we talked about is on the court, off the court he is an excellent student, great human being professors love him, and he comes from a great family,” Wall says.
However, there is still one more accomplishment that Jefferson wants to accomplish and experience with his teammates, coaches, classmates, and every single Metro State fan. That is being crowned NCAA National Champion. The Roadrunners finished the regular season 27-2, and at one point was ranked number one in the nation. Now, the team enters the NCAA tournament as one of the favorites to win it all. Will it happen?

“YES!” Jefferson says ecstatically and with a great amount of swagger, as he wants to make every Roadrunner proud.

About Davy Burke

Davy Burke is a broadcast journalism student at MSU-Denver. Davy is a big sports fan and enjoys watching, covering, and broadcasting sporting events. He is also passionate about writng any news story possible.

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6 Responses to “Jefferson Proves to be Metro’s Shooting Star on and off the Court”

  1. Grace Says:

    This was a wonderful story! Getting to learn a little more about the basketball team, especially now that they’ve made it to the championship, is really great! Nicely done

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  2. Emily Pennetti Says:

    Great story! Liked everything about it and especially how you brought in a specific game to show Jefferson’s talent

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  3. S.L. Alderton Says:

    I like all your quotes. Some grammar goofs, but overall a great story! 🙂

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  4. Aaron Lambert Says:

    Very well written profile! You picked all the right sources to interview, and I got a fantastic all-around look at who Brandon Jefferson is. Nice job!

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  5. Jen Sasser Says:

    Davy- what a great story! Good pictures to accompany the story as well!!

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  6. Stephanie V. Coleman Says:

    Your photos really add to your story, which is very well-written. I thought you used good quotes. I was not aware of any individual players on the men’s basketball team, so this article was very informative.

    Reply

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