The ex-pro spent six of his 13 seasons, broken into two separate stints, with the New York Knicks. He was a defensive stalwart who played an important role in two playoff seasons.
Since his retirement, Jeffries has worked in player personnel for the Denver Nuggets, is president of the eSports organization Echo Fox, and has even filmed a fishing show for the Outdoor Channel.
Recently, he visited New York once again to help unveil a refurbished basketball court in Astoria. He hosted a basketball clinic for local youth, teaching them fundamental skills.
“A lot of times people overlook how important it is to have a court and an area just to get away from it all,” Jeffries said. “Just somewhere where the guys and girls can come play basketball and enjoy themselves.
“Growing up, we had outdoor parks in Indiana that we went to all the time and played at,” he added. “Some of my best memories were playing with my buddies on the outdoor court. I hope they can come here and get a love for the game.”
Jeffries joined the Big Ten Network for the clinic. His alma mater, Indiana University, is a member of the conference.
During his sophomore year, Jeffries took the Hoosiers to the 2002 NCAA Championship game. He was also named Big Ten Player of the Year.
But Jeffries said he will always have a special place in his heart for New York, a city that has given him so much.
“It’s been so great for me to be around it,” he said. “Anything I can do to give back and be around this town, I’ll always come back.”