While Rondae Hollis-Jefferson may be a month removed from Arizona, the school hasn’t left him as he prepares for the upcoming NBA Draft.
Just last week in fact, Hollis-Jefferson was training at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas when TJ McConnell and Allonzo Trier joined him for some workouts — past and future colliding.
“It was a good little Arizona triangle we had in there,” Hollis-Jefferson told PointGuardU. “I talked to [Allonzo] a little bit, mostly about being focused and getting ready to work.”
Just a few years ago, Hollis-Jefferson too was getting ready to begin his college career.
Then came a dominant two-year stretch in Tucson, with the affable Philly product always guiding the Wildcats in heart, humor, and hustle.
“I just miss the atmosphere and the people. They were always welcoming,” he said. “Basketball can be played anywhere but it’s all about the relationships.”
Not surprisingly, Hollis-Jefferson is still in constant contact with the program.
“I talk to Coach Miller once a twice a week. Book all the time,” he said. “They say to just be yourself and work hard. Outwork your opponent.”
Hollis-Jefferson said that he recently Facetimed Kadeem Allen, just to say what’s up and see how he’s doing.
Since leaving UofA, the 6’7 wing who is projected to get drafted in the mid-first round, has been training constantly with Impact, most of the emphasis going to shooting and ball-handling. Those are the skills he’ll be looking to show off at the NBA Draft Combine later this week.
“It’s going well,” Hollis-Jefferson said of workouts. “All those guys [at Impact] do what they do and the results speak for themselves.”
As for what teams are expressing most interest in him, Hollis-Jefferson said he’s leaving all that to his agent. The only focus right now is strengthening his game.
“I’m feeling really good,” he said. “I’m blessed and happy. I’m willing to work so I know I’ll be ready to go when my name is called.”