Born January 7, 1942 Jesse Branson played in the NBA mainly as a Forward during their playing career, season(s): 1966-1968. Herman Jesse Branson was an American basketball player. Born in Graham, North Carolina, he played collegiately for Elon University. He was 6 feet 7 inches tall. He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 1965 NBA Draft.