Report: Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson declaring for NBA draft

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Stanley Johnson is the most highly touted, but he’s not the only Arizona forward with a good chance of going in the first round of the 2015 NBA draft.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could join him.

Evan Daniels of Scout:

Arizona sophomore Rondae Hollis-Jefferson plans to enter the NBA Draft, multiple sources told Scout Wednesday afternoon.

There’s a lot to like about Hollis-Jefferson. He’s athletic and energetic, and that combination makes him a good defender. It also gets him plenty of offensive opportunities others couldn’t generate.

But – and this is a big but – he can’t shoot from outside.

If a team thinks it can develop his jumper, it’ll draft him in the middle of the first round. If not, he likely goes late in the first round or early in the second round to a team that covets him as a role player who can guard multiple possessions.

For what it’s worth, Hollis-Jefferson denies that he has made a decision. But we’ve seen this cycle many times:

1. A report, using anonymous sources, says a player is turning pro.

2. The player denies that he has made a decision.

3. The player declares he’s turning pro a short time later.

I can’t once recall 1 and 2 not being followed by 3. Players want to announce on their own schedule, so they deny having made a decision. But reporters don’t really run with this without solid sources, and if the information involves the player signing with an agent, there’s no turning back. That reduces the risk of the reporter getting burned if the player changes his mind.