Arizona Wildcats' Hollis-Jefferson headed to the NBA

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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Getty Images) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Getty Images)

Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will forgo his final two years of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft.

An athletic 6-foot-7 sophomore, Hollis-Jefferson was the catalyst for Arizona's defense the past two seasons, sometimes guarding every position on the floor.

A former McDonald's All-American from Chester, Pennsylvania, Hollis-Jefferson provided the Wildcats a lift with his boundless energy and all-out style of play, often as the team's sixth man.

Hollis-Jefferson averaged 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds last season, helping Arizona reach the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight for the second straight season.

He could be the first of several Wildcats to declare for the draft; freshman Stanley Johnson is expected to leave, while juniors Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski also could bolt the desert early.