Hollis-Jefferson's growth remains evident

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson took time to thank Arizona for his growth on and off the court, discuss the loss to Wisconsin, and more.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's growth on the court has been evident throughout the season. However, after the loss to Wisconsin, he wanted to credit those around him for the growth off it.

"The guys in the locker room are great guys that rubbed off on me a lot," Hollis-Jefferson said. "I will never get to play with the same group of guys again. That means a lot to me.

"The coaching staff helped me become more of a man on the court and off the court and I thank them for the things they have done."

Hollis-Jefferson was nearly invisible in the first half, but was able to bounce back and become a factor in the second.

"I would say being more aggressive, trying to get them out of rhythm more and being in attack mode," he said of why he turned it around. "It is just so hard when you are in a tight, hard fought game.

"They play so hard, they have a well-coached team, they are disciplined. You want to win so much that will kicks in."

Arizona's defense was solid for the most part, but Hollis-Jefferson credited Wisconsin's offense for maintaining its composure.

"They have such a great system that they stuck to and it worked for them," he said. "You do everything you can to stop them, but they are a great team and they know what to do through the pressure. They are a great basketball team and that is what great teams do."

Sean Miller tried to ease the pain after the game, as it was apparent that it was a hurting locker room.

"Our coach told us we had a great season, but it hurts a lot to end like that," Hollis-Jefferson said. "We gave it our all out there, but it hurts a lot to lose like that, especially because we are so competitive. It eats us up."

The next step for Hollis-Jefferson is deciding his future and whether or not the next step includes the NBA.

"That is something my family and I need to discuss and talk about," he said. "We will handle it that way and work on that process."

Either way, Hollis-Jefferson knows exactly how he wants this season to be remembered.

"One heck of a season," he said. "Even though we didn't make it all the way, we gave it all. We gave the fans something to look forward to for the years to come and we are going to keep striving."

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