Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is Off to the NBA Draft

After some speculation, Arizona's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson officially declared for the NBA Draft Tuesday night. (Source: Sports Illustrated)
After some speculation, Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson officially declared for the NBA Draft Tuesday night. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Shortly after Arizona’s season came to an end at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers, there was some speculation around whether or not Rondae Hollis-Jefferson would leave school early for the NBA Draft. He took to social media to say that he wasn’t sure what his plans were, and that he needed to give it some thought.

He has given it thought, and announced his plans on Tuesday night at a press conference with head coach Sean Miller.

In a move that really surprised nobody, the sophomore officially declared for the NBA Draft. The high-flying, high energy forward will be a nice addition to any team that selects him in the upcoming draft.

The 6’7”, 220-pound forward out of Chester, PA is widely considered as one of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, and is one of the most sought-after assets in the NCAA. As a sophomore, he averaged 11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game in just over 28 minutes of action per contest.

Alongside the likes of Kaleb Tarczewski, Gabe York, T.J. McConnell, and Stanley Johnson, Hollis-Jefferson helped lead the Wildcats to a 16 – 2 record in conference play. The Wildcats were awarded the 2-seed in the West Region, and advanced to the Elite Eight for the second season in a row. Their season came to an end at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers, also for the second season in a row.

Hollis-Jefferson plays with a high level of intensity, and has been known to throw down a high-profile dunk or two over his two-year career at Arizona. He will be a hot commodity as the draft approaches, and will attract a lot of attention from NBA scouts and GMs from across the NBA. Look for Hollis-Jefferson to be drafted in the middle of the first round, and he may even creep into a late-lottery slot.

– T.B