Sports writer Kerry Eggers recently announced that he will be writing a biography of the late Portland Trail Blazers’ Jerome Kersey. Kersey passed in 2015 due to a blood clot. In Eggers’ announcement, he noted that Kersey became a Portlander over his 11 seasons with the Blazers, choosing to make Portland his home after his time in the league was finished. But it is how he got to the NBA that is so interesting, according to Eggers.
Jerome’s story is compelling. He was raised primarily by grandparents in a small, rural town. A late bloomer physically, he had only one college scholarship offer — Longwood, a Division II school in Farmville, Va. After a fine career at Longwood, the Blazers made him a second-round draft pick.
Kersey not only made the team as a rookie, he was a strong contributor. By his fourth season, he was a starter and held down that spot for six years with Portland. He ranks among the top 10 in franchise career leaders in many statistical categories.
You can read more about Eggers’ upcoming book here. It will go to press in the fall of 2021.