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Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller made NBA draft history for the program tonight with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson taken in the first round.
Their selections means Miller has produced five first-round picks in a five-year span for the first time in Arizona’s history. The highest rate of first-round production in a five-year span previously was four at six different times under Lute Olson.
What this means: Miller has established himself as one of the nation’s best recruiters and evaluators of talent in his six years at Arizona. Prospects know he can get them to the next level. The pros he has produced, including Hollis-Jefferson and Johnson now, are ardent supporters of Miller and thankful for what he meant to their development.
That’s another recruiting bonanza for Miller and Arizona.
Hollis-Jefferson was taken as the No. 23 selection overall by Portland after Johnson was drafted as a lottery pick at No. 8 by Detroit. Hollis-Jefferson was later traded to Brooklyn, which sent Mason Plumlee to the Blazers.
They comprise the third pair to be picked in the first round out of Arizona in the same year. The others are Sean Elliott and Anthony Cook in 1989 and Mike Bibby and Michael Dickerson in 1998.
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Some notable Tweets about Hollis-Jefferson’s selection:
Admit it, you like Rondae’s pants …
Well, okay then …
Rondae's pants are giving me life right now.
Sean Miller’s kind of player with his work ethic. He’ll miss the heart of Hollis-Jefferson and T.J. McConnell very much.
Rondae is far from being a finished product & I’m excited to see how his game develops in the coming years through hard work & dedication.
Portland native and former Trail Blazers star Damon Stoudamire is one of Hollis-Jefferson’s biggest supporters. Too bad he’s not playing for his hometown team after all.
Good comparison along with Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has Stacey Augmon like ability. Can guard four positions. If he adds offense, has a chance to be an excellent pro.
Another good comparison. Andre Iguodala and Hollis-Jefferson left after their sophomore season and even Lute Olson questioned Iguodala’s shooting ability.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is my sleeper in the draft. Love this pick for the Blazers. Best wing defender in the draft. Upside is Iguodala
Oh, you know, he’s the best overall defender in the draft … and he is going to Brooklyn …
What can you tell us about Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, @AZATHLETICS?
Defense on the pick and roll mentioned often as a reason and the fact that he comes from an established program like Arizona. … But Blazers fans will see that against them when Hollis-Jefferson visits with the Nets.