23 - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

6-7, 210 Small Forward
Arizona Sophomore
01/03/95 (27.9 yrs)
Chester, PA
High School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Bruce Bowen

Strengths: NBA-ready body … Broad/wide shoulders … Has put in some good work on his body over the years (adding muscle) … Can still get bigger (body frame wise) … Looks like a prototypical NBA swingman … Athletic wing player … Playmaker … Terrific wingspan for his size (7’1”) … Great leaper/hops … Possess quickness and speed … Aggressive when attacking the rim … Strong finisher at the rim with body control … Powerful dunker (looks to dunk as often as he can) … Takes off with explosion and can play above the rim … Does not need much room to gather himself, explodes off two feet and finishes … Can finish at the basket over bigger and longer players … Attacks shot blockers … Absorbs contact at the rim and can finish in traffic … Has a quick first step that allows him to get past perimeter defenders in one on one and pick and roll situations…Can attack the basket from mid-range spots … An effective straight line driver…Looks to get his teammates involved (willing passer) … Has shown good court vision and flashes as a facilitator … Excels in transition because he runs the floor so well … Recovers well in transition after a defensive rebound … Likes to go coast to coast … Not only is he fast, but he finds teammates with great passes on fast break opportunities … In transition, he gets to his spots with ease with or without the ball (fills the lanes) … Takes big strides because he’s long and lanky … Has a nice mid-range jumper … Elevates well on his jumper … Draws fouls at a high rate…Good feel for the game … Does not need the ball in hands (or score) to be successful and is always in motion … Moves well without the ball (left handed slasher), which often leads to lobs or finishes at the rim … Dives to the rim after his teammates penetrate … Ball handling abilities have steadily improved … Elite defender (great defensive prowess) … Takes pride in being a defensive stopper and shutting down the opposing team’s best scorer … Very good defending on the ball … Gives consistent effort on the defensive end … Versatile and defends multiple positions (has guarded points and centers at the college level) … Can guard opposing perimeter players … Low stance … Lateral quickness … Quick hands and good instincts … Capable of locking down his opponents (stays in front of them) … Tough enough defend face up bigs and keep them contained with quickness and strength … Long arms and explosive leaping ability makes him a good shot blocker …When blocking shots, he has good timing and discipline, which helps him avoid fouls and block shots cleanly … Length allows him to effectively reach for steals, knock the ball loose, contest shots and disrupt a player’s rhythm … Shows great effort and quick feet in pick and roll defense … Chases shooters … A good help defender at the rim (flies aronnd the ball) … Great rebounder from the wing … Attacks the defensive and offensive glass … Rebounds in traffic (takes the ball away from others) … Workhorse mentality … Intense player who plays with a lot of toughness and passion … Plays to win … Makes hustle plays … Unselfish player … High motor/energy … Does not shy away from physicality … Puts his body on the line …

Weaknesses: May be considered a tweener at the next level … Average free throw shooter (streaky) … Limited offensively … Shooting mechanics need some major work … Outside shooting … Does not have a consistent jumper … Can add more range to his jumper … Shoots mostly inside the arc … Not always on balance when shooting (leans forward often) … Footwork on his jumpers (catch and shoot, pull ups, off the bounce) needs work … Sometimes pushes his shot … Leads to inconsistent release points and low arc … Leaves his off hand on top of the ball when shooting … Doesn’t square up his elbows (left elbow sticks out) … Not a threat from the 3-point line … Lacks a jump shot off the bounce (no fluidity) … Inconsistent pull up jumper … Tends to shoot the ball on his way down…Limits floor spacing and attacking opportunities because defenders sag off and do not respect his jump shot … Needs to develop a more polished perimeter and inside game … Not a consistent threat to score in the half court … Struggles to create his own offense … Has to work on adding some post moves to his arsenal … Left handed player who often ignores his right hand … Not really capable of effectively passing and finishing with his right hand … Although his ball handling abilities have improved, he needs to continue to tighten them up … Not that elusive in one on one situations as far as dribbling moves (occassionally uses corssovers and combo moves) … Needs to cut down on turnovers … Has to pick his spots more effeciently … When it comes to his passing, he can still play more under control … Forces bad passes when he gets doubled and tripled teammed … Tends to dribble high and loose with the ball (makes it easy for defenders to swipe) … Somestimes plays too fast and forces things on offense … Is sometimes out of control driving the ball because he puts his head down and shoots off-balance shots against mutiple defenders in the paint … Has to control his energy and aggression better.

Notes: Hollis-Jefferson entered his name into the 2015 NBA Draft after two productive seasons as a member of the Arizona Wildcats. This past season, he averaged 11.2 points on 50 percent shooting, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game, which were all improvments from his freshman campaign. He played a key role in helping the Wildcats reach the Elite 8 before falling to Wisconsin for the second consectuive year. While his offensive game is limited, his NBA value is most prevalent on the defensive end of the floor, where he can guard multiple positions and consistently lock down opponents. The Chester native is extremely athletic and plays above the rim very often. He’s an unselfish teammate, willing passer, and loves to make the blue-collar plays that helps his team win. The biggest knock on Hollis-Jefferson is his jumpshot, especially from the 3-point line, as he’ll need to improve his mechanics, consistency and shooting range moving forward. If he can develop a respectable jumper, his potential as an NBA player will skyrocket. The former 2013 McDonalds All-American was selected to the 2014 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, 2015 First-Team All-Pac-12 and 2015 Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. Measured 6’6.5 (in shoes) 212 lbs, with a 7’1 wingspan and 8’7 reach at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit … Measured 6’7 (in shoes) 219 lbs, with a 7’0.5 wingspan at the 2014 Kevin Durant Skills Academy …