"I know what I am capable of," Hollis-Jefferson said. "My goal my whole life was to be a top ten pick. I said that since before I can remember and I believe I can do so. That is why I decided to come back."
"We think if we get better individually, it will help us in the long run to get to where we need to be at the end of the day," he said.
"We trust each other that we will do so and all of us that come back will become leaders and accept that role and embrace it."
Although two players are leaving early, it helps that numerous others are coming back, especially when you take into account how well the team got along.
"When I decided to come here I saw the camaraderie they had, how together they were," Hollis-Jefferson had. "When teams play together you can and tell off the court they are a family, all of that plays and helps you on the court.
"It keeps you going and keeps you happy deep into the game. When it comes February, March, teams get tired and they tend to argue with each other.
"That didn't happen with us. We stayed tight and stayed together and that is what I think will happen next year."
That feeling spread off the court as well, as Hollis-Jefferson felt welcomed by Tucson as a whole.
"I embrace all of the love you get around town," he said. "I am walking through the ball and people say ‘Hey Rondae.' I love that type of stuff.
"It is a great city to play basketball in, a great university to play for, and the fans are unbelievable. You don't see fans like this everywhere, especially on the east coast. It is a great feeling to know that no matter what the people in Tucson still has your back.
"Growing up I was always told to embrace wherever I went. I didn't go to a lot of places until I met AAU basketball. My family always told me to take pictures and enjoy the time that I send wherever I go and it stuck with me. I embrace every moment."