Vincent Edward Mendoza
When Rondae Hollis-Jefferson stepped foot on the University of Arizona campus he came in as a five star, top twenty talent oozing with potential
Finishing his career after his sophomore year, he will always be remembered as an Arizona fan favorite for his vibrant personality, highlight dunks, countless hustle plays, the famous ‘shimmy shake’ at the free throw line and versatility that allowed him to be a first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
This time around Hollis-Jefferson was in Las Vegas with his former AAU team, Team Final, as they participated in the Bigfoot Tournament. PGU was there to catch the former Wildcat in action to see if Sean Miller’s principles stuck with him as he coached and talked Arizona basketball.
“I was trying to incorporate my former coaches’ techniques on the deep defensive principles and game strategy and executing properly on offense. It was a little tough but we tried. They gave us their best and we came out with our worst effort,” Hollis-Jefferson told PGU.
Hollis-Jefferson still has some room for growth as his jump shot left something to be desired. Through ten games of the NBA Summer League, he played in all ten games and averaged 10.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2 apg to go along with 2 spg. Those numbers are very reflective of the player that can be in the NBA.
Hollis-Jefferson had more to say about some of his break out games.
“It’s all about being comfortable for me and it was my day and I was feeling it out there,” he said. “My shot is getting better and I keep working on it and keep staying in the gym to keep getting those shots up to find that comfortable position. It’ll only get better.”
Expanding on how he feels finally reaching the highest stage in his basketball career, Hollis Jefferson said, “It’s a stepping stool in life and you want to be great in all aspects and this is one of those stepping stools. I want to be great at it so I’ll be good.”
Now that he has moved onto the NBA and realized his dreams Rondae talked about what it meant to be at Arizona and what it’s going to be like to be an ambassador to the program.
“I would say always and forever Arizona has a place in my heart. Arizona, I bleed it you know that’s my second home and I feel like whatever they need me to do I’ll do. Even if it’s to come to hang out and be there I’m there. I love Arizona, man, bear down and I’ll probably be out there to work out before the season starts.”