Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: 20-years old, Arizona, Small Forward
Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″7, 211-pounds, 7″2 wingspan
2014-15 Stats: 11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.2 steals, 50% field goals, 71% free-throws, 21% threes, 28.7 minutes
Quick Season Review: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was a key contributor for an Arizona Wildcats team that went 34-4 and reached the Elite 8. He was one of the Wildcats many terrific defenders and brought constant energy to the team on a daily basis. Hollis-Jefferson’s numbers don’t jump out like some prospects as they don’t tell the story of what he does. He only reached the 20-point mark once this season and it happened to be against Texas Southern in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Strengths: Excellent athlete (38-inch vertical) with NBA ready body. Can defend extremely well and is a versatile defender that will defend 2-3 positions at the next level. Improving passer. Rare wingspan. Finishes around the basket and moves well without the ball. Doesn’t need the ball to score points. Good rebounder. Terrific at drawing fouls (5.4 free-throw attempts per game).
Weaknesses: Lacks any sort of jump shot, despite looking better in draft workouts. Must improve ball handling. Shooting range a big concern. Must improve at creating own offense. Lacks confidence on offense. 1.6 assists/1.6 turnovers
Where He Would Help Spurs?
Can defend up to three spots as mentioned before and brings energy that most players lack. Can learn from Kawhi Leonard, who was at one point a raw offensive player with no jump shot. Smart player that will fill role immediately.
NBA Comparison: Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace was a better offensive player than Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was at this stage, but they are very similar. Wallace had a questionable jumper for most of his career, but he was able to defend 3-4 spots and was a good athlete. If all goes well, Hollis-Jefferson’s ceiling might be Wallace.
Below is a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson highlights video uploaded by Too Mainey.