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Arizona Forward Chooses AEPi Over Entering NBA Draft

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Freshman NBA prospect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was recently initiated into Alpha Epsilon Pi at the University of Arizona. He joins a long list of famous athletes to wear AEPi’s letters, including Rakeem Christmas (“Christmas”…go figure) and, well, Rakeem Christmas.

With the NBA Draft quickly approaching, Hollis-Jefferson faced the classic dilemma: be a multimillionaire playing the game he loves, or, alternatively (and wait for this amazing pun, you guys) Passover the fame and fortune in order to pay fraternity dues. Hollis-Jefferson chose the latter.

At his press conference, when he announced his return for a sophomore year at Arizona, Hollis-Jefferson cited his initiation into AEPi as one of the reasons he stayed in school.

“The [AEPi] president, his name is Gideon, he asked me if I want to be part of it,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “I’m like, I don’t care, I’m down. They initiated me, I think that’s pretty cool.”

My first instinct upon reading this story was admittedly, “Okay, this is probably a Lenny Kravitz situation,” because even though it’s 2014, EVERYONE MUST PERFECTLY FALL UNDER NEATLY ORGANIZED ETHNIC PATTERNS YURP DE DURRRRPPPPPPP.

However, to read this story as, “Lulz, he doesn’t look like an AEPi,” misses the point. Dude just wants to enjoy being on campus a little bit longer, just like most athletes who return to school. Be a legend. Get swarmed by jersey chasers. Whatever the reason, I respect it. Who knows, maybe he just likes the Torah recitals?

Shalom or as-salamu alaykum or Happy Easter or whatever.

[via AZ Desert Swarm]

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J Parks Caldwell

J. Parks Caldwell is a senior contributing writer for Total Frat Move, Rowdy Gentleman, and Post Grad Problems. He frequently blesses the rains down in Africa.

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