Wildcats’ Hollis-Jefferson knows what sacrifice is

  • Marcus Burnan
via Zimbio

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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson laughs in the face of exhaustion.  He has first-hand experience of seeing it in the eys of his mother every day.  His mother worked two-full time jobs to support her family and operated on three hours of  sleep.  His mother, Rylanda Hollis, is his role model for hard work.

Hollis-Jefferson grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania  which is one of the most crime-ridden places in the United States, regularly featuring in ‘worst places to live’ lists.  There were a lot of temptations in Chester and Rylanda wasn’t going to allow her two go down  that route.

“There are so many temptations,” she said. “I couldn’t bear to think of that happening to my boys.” said Rylanda Hollis

That began Rylanda Hollis’ sacrifice to give her two children a good life.  And she has succeeded in that.  His mother is Hollis-Jefferson’s biggest role model for that reason.

“She sacrificed so much,” Hollis-Jefferson said.

When Hollis-Jefferson takes his place on the bench for the Arizona Wildcats on Sunday night’s game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the NCAA Tournament, his mother will be his inspiration when he comes off the bench to help the Wildcats in some way – with a rebound, a steal, or a three-pointer.

Gonzaga possess some problems for Arizona with their one-two punch of perimeter and post play, someone of Hollis-Jefferson’s skill-set is valuable to the Wildcats.  He can defend more than one position and is able to change the game in a heartbeat.

Number one seed Arizona Wildcats take on the number eight seed Gonzaga Bulldogs at 6.40pm from the Viejas Arena, San Diego.  The winner will advance to the Elite Eight.

Phoenix Sports Kings Assistant Site Manager Marcus Burnan

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