A great bench isn’t always a prerequisite for college basketball success, but that doesn’t mean any team is going to turn down a shot at an elite sixth man. Being able to throw in a pair of fresh legs to put quick points on the board or shut down the other team’s hot hand is a great way to turn the tide of a close game, especially in March when the long season has taken its toll.
One of the best reserve weapons in the country next year will be a player who’s already proven his worth to Arizona’s second unit: rising sophomore Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. The multi-position defensive stopper will be ceding his part-time starting spot back to a healthy Brandon Ashley, but that just means that he’ll be free to sub in against any opposing scorer or rebounder whom Sean Miller wants to contain.
Read on for more on RHJ’s prospects for his second year in Tucson, along with nine more of the most dangerous players projected to be coming off the bench for some of college hoops’ best teams in 2014-15.