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NBA Draft profile: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

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NBA Draft profile: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

CSNwashington.com's coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft will include profiles of prospects as well as their potential fit on the Wizards. Washington currently owns the 19th and 49th selections.

Rondae Hollis - Jefferson, SF, Arizona

6'7" | 211 lbs. | 20 years old

2014-15 stats:

11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 28.7 minutes

Projection:

Late lottery to 25

Competition:

Sam Dekker (Wisconsin), Kelly Oubre Jr. (Kansas)

Details:

Selected first-team All-Pac 12 and all-defensive team. ...Posted 38-inch vertical and measured 7-foot-2 wingspan at the NBA Draft combine. ...Shot 20.7 percent on 3-point attempts during his sophomore season.

He said it:

"Immediately I know I can come in and play defense. If coach needs me to stop I know I can defend a team’s best player, a team’s second best player, and so on. As far as that I can bring that impact, I can bring energy, I can bring excitement to people’s lives. Players often play more comfortable when they feel enthused or happy about things, and I know I can bring that to a team. I know I can find other teammates, I can push the ball and I can finish at the rim." -- Hollis-Jefferson (via CSNchicago.com)

Fit for the Wizards

Washington needs an infusion of youthful legs even with the trio of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter on the roster. There is also plenty of uncertainty on the wings as the team waits for Paul Pierce's decision and ponders what Martell Webster provides going forward. While not a natural scorer, Hollis-Jefferson's style and athleticism leads to him making plays all over the court, especially on the defensive end, where he is stopper material. His energy and speed would provide with another fast-break finisher. However the Wizards also need more perimeter shooting and that's not his bag for now. Porter, who had a strong defensive performance during the playoffs, also provides hustle and energy plays from the small forward role. There is plenty to like about RHJ's game especially during an era where the Warriors and Cavaliers use lineups loaded with wings. The Wizards may simply not be the right fit for now.

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Tyler Harvey

Justin Anderson

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...

2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jerome Robinson

School: Boston College
Position: Shooting guard
Age: 21
Height: 6-5
Weight: 188
Wingspan: 6-7
Max vertical: N/A

2017/18 stats: 20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 48.5 FG%, 40.9 3PT% (2.3 3PT/5.7 3PA), 83.0 FT%
Player comparison: Danny Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 29th, NBADraft.net 16th, Bleacher Report 19th, Sports Illustrated 17th

5 things to know:

*A three-year player at BC, Robinson developed into a big-time scorer before making the leap to the NBA. He averaged 18.7 points as a sophomore and then 20.7 points as a junior while improving his shooting percentages across the board. He went from 42.3 percent from the field as a sophomore to 48.5 in 2017-18.

*Robinson turned himself into an excellent three-point shooter. After shooting just 33.3 percent as a sophomore, he got that up to 40.9 percent as a junior and on 5.7 attempts per game. That trajectory bodes well for Robinson's chances at the next level.

*He has a quick release on his jumper, giving him the ability to be effective on catch-and-shoot plays off screens. Robinson could develop into a reliable scorer who doesn't need the ball in his hands as a primary focus of the offense. He also showed the ability to throw down some powerful dunks and finish with creativity at the rim. He didn't record a vertical leap at the NBA Combine, but playing above and around the rim didn't appear to be a problem in college.

*Though it didn't show in his last season at Boston College, Robinson was adept at forcing turnovers in his first two years. He averaged 1.6 steals per game across his freshman and sophomore seasons and 16 times in his career had three steals or more in a game.

*Questions for Robinson would include his versatility and speed. Some draft evaluators wonder if he will be able to get separation off the dribble at the NBA level. Also, he put up decent rebounding and assists numbers in college but didn't exactly stand out in either category.

Fit with Wizards: Robinson would give the Wizards depth at the shooting guard position and they need that. He could help Bradley Beal pare down his minutes and offer a scoring punch off the Wizards' bench. The Wizards could use a reliable shooter to help space the floor for Kelly Oubre, Jr. and others in the second unit.

The problems with Robinson's fit would be his lack of positional versatility and what appears to be a relatively low ceiling. He's not the freak athlete that some of his counterparts are at shooting guard. If the Wizards are choosing between Robinson and guys like Zhaire Smith and Lonnie Walker IV, they could view the latter two as more enticing because of their potential. Robinson would represent a safer pick while others could pay off big-time and have a greater impact on the franchise in the long-term.

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More draft prospect profiles:

Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State

Gary Trent, Jr., SG, Duke

Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami

Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, IMG Academy

Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton

Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, Boise State

Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland

Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky

Troy Brown, SG/SF, Oregon

Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova

Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan

Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State

For more on the NBA Draft, check out our latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes was joined by Nick Ashooh and Stefon Marquis to talk NBA Draft. 

They broke down five prospects and their potential fit with the Wizards: Moe Wagner of Michigan, Michael Porter, Jr. of Missouri, Grayson Allen of Duke, Collin Sexton of Alabama and Omari Spellman of Villanova.

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