As reported by Fox Sports' Evan Daniels, sources around Arizona Wildcats sophomore forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are saying the defensive stud will forgo his final two seasons and declare for the NBA Draft.
Hollis-Jefferson averaged 11.2 points in 38 games this year. After coming off the bench early in the season by his own choice, Rondae ended up with 25 games started, averaging 28.7 minutes per game.
What will jump out to NBA scouts is his defensive game. With his length and athleticism, Hollis-Jefferson was rotated around on players anywhere from point guard to power forward, locking down anyone in that range. He ended up being the team-leader with 6.8 rebounds per game, and also led the team with 32 blocks. His 44 steals were third on the team behind Stanley Johnson and T.J. McConnell.
DraftExpress breaks down Rondae's skills and how they'll translate in the NBA. In their current mock draft, they have Hollis-Jefferson going 24th to the San Antonio Spurs. Unfortunately, he's not in Tom Ziller's Haiku Mock Draft.
Surely a few more names are going to follow Rondae to the draft. Stanley Johnson is almost a given. Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski are the other two to keep an eye on at this point. Arizona may lose all five starters from the 2014-15 squad to the draft if all those names join senior point guard T.J. McConnell.
UPDATE MONDAY APRIL 5TH
There is a press conference scheduled for Tuesday, April 6th at 4 PM PT with Sean Miller and RHJ to discuss Rondae's future.