As the NBA draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Position: Small forward
High school: Chester (Pa.)
ALL-USA history: Not named to an American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team. Averaged 15.5 points, 11 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game as a senior.
Height, weight: 6-7, 220 pounds
By the numbers: Scored 11.2 points and hauled in 6.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Posted almost a 71% clip from the foul line and made more than half his field goals.
Draft positives: Hollis-Jefferson is an athletic swingman with a solid build. He plays well with contact, and he has a very quick first step. Hollis-Jefferson can hold his own shooting, but his real advantage among other prospects is his elite defense. He’s a solid rebounder for a wing, as well.
Draft negatives: Hollis-Jefferson’s unnatural-looking shot limits his offensive upside. He is inconsistent as a shooter, and struggles beyond the arc. He doesn’t necessarily excel at creating offense himself, and his passing takes a hit when he’s under pressure. Hollis-Jefferson struggles to keep himself under control at times. An NBA team will have a lot of small things to work on despite his awesome upside as a wing player.
Projection: Mid-to-late first round
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