The odds were longer than Indiana vs. Duke in 2002, but Jared Jeffries was up to the task.
Jeffries, the now 41-year old former IU star, was a contestant on the famous game show “The Price is Right” on Monday.
Jeffries played two seasons for Indiana, from 2000 to 2002. He was a starter his second season on the last IU squad to reach the Final Four.
Despite playing just two years of college basketball, Jeffries closed his career with his name all over the program record book.
He is 54th in the IU career scoring record book (1,008 points) and just the sixth sophomore in school history to crack the 1,000 career point plateau. Hew was a consensus second team All-American, and finalist for the 2002 Naismith Award. Jeffries also ranked among the Hoosiers’ all-time top 20 in blocked shots (88) and rebounds (20th, 471) when he left IU.
Jeffries was the 11th overall pick of the NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards in 2002. He played in the league for 11 years and made over $40 million dollars. He played for four teams over that span including Mike Woodson’s New York Knicks. Jeffries scored over 3,000 points and grabbed over 2,500 rebounds.
In a show that aired on Monday, Jeffries competed in the “One Away” game. — the goal being to correctly identify the cost of a car by rearranging the numbers provided.
At stake was a new car — a compact Toyota Jeffries would likely need to have modified for him to fit into if he won it.
Jeffries guessed the first three numbers correctly, and when he got the fourth correct he celebrated like he did when IU beat No. 1 Duke in the 2002 Sweet 16.
“What a good win!” comedian and host Drew Carey said, “What a good win to start the show! Way to go!”
Jeffries’ former teammate Jared Odle saw a video of Jeffries on the show on Twitter.
“Dude still makes me laugh,” Odle said.
“Man that was so funny!!!! Life long dream,” Jeffries responded to Odle.
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