Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson declares for the 2015 NBA Draft

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Arizona sophomore forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson declared for the 2015 NBA Draft, the school announced on Tuesday night.

“To start off, I just want to say thank you to the city of Tucson and our great fans for everything over the last two years,” Hollis-Jefferson said in a statement. “It’s not every day that a kid from where I grew up gets blessed with an opportunity like this.

“I’ve decided to move on to the next chapter of my life and enter my name in the 2015 NBA Draft. After talking with my family and Coach (Sean) Miller to weigh the pros and cons, I fully believe this is the right choice. I’m excited for the challenges that lie ahead, and with the knowledge that God rewards hard work, I plan to attack them.”

Hollis-Jefferson averaged 11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, as arguably the best defender in the Pac-12 Conference.

The 6-foot-7 forward is projected as the No. 23 overall pick, according to DraftExpress.com.

On Monday, Arizona forward Brandon Ashley announced he would enter the draft. Sean Miller is still waiting the decision of freshman wing Stanley Johnson and possibly big man Kaleb Tarczewski.