DENVER - Arizona guard Nick Johnson and Towson's Jerelle Benimon traveled over 200 miles each to get to their workout for the Denver Nuggets.
Brandon Jefferson only had to travel 200 yards, across the street, from Metro State's campus.
A first team All-America selection in Division II basketball last season, Jefferson was invited by the Denver Nuggets to participate in the team's second public workout of the off-season. Just getting the invitation was a big deal for the small-town kid from Flower Mound, Texas.
"It means a lot, not just for me but for my hometown and Metro State," said Jefferson. "I'm doing this for all the smaller guards across the country. I'm thinking outside the box, so this is not just for me."
Listed by Metro State as a 5'9'', 175lb scoring guard, Jefferson's size and Division II background have many teams overlooking one of the most productive Roadrunners from last year's squad. But the Nuggets' history with smaller guards, most recently Nate Robinson and Ty Lawson, leaves Jefferson optimistic about his NBA chances
"I look up to both of them," said Jefferson about Lawson and Robinson. "Nate's a guy I definitely look up to, and I try to patent my game off him."
The Nuggets have been the only team to invite Jefferson to a pre-Draft workout. While the interest for the Roadrunner guard isn't strong in other NBA markets, Brandon said he's been contacted by multiple teams in Europe interested in possibly signing him to a pro contract. There isn't much doubt as to whether he signs a pro deal, but just the question of where and how he is selected.
Brandon hopes that decision will be made for him on NBA Draft night in Brooklyn.
"Hard work beats talent every day," said Jefferson. "I just put in the work every day to try and make it."
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