Rajon Rondo to Rejoin Kentucky Basketball Team as He Completes His Degree

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Rajon Rondo, a standout among former Kentucky Wildcats, has left an indelible mark on the school’s storied history. Rondo’s journey began in the 2006 NBA Draft, where he was selected as the 21st overall pick by the Phoenix Suns.

Throughout his NBA career, Rondo achieved remarkable success, earning four All-Star selections, four All-Defensive Team honors, and three assists leader titles. He played pivotal roles in championship victories for both the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. Additionally, Rondo topped the NBA in steals in 2010 and earned an All-NBA Third Team selection in 2012.

Now, as Rondo embarks on the next chapter of his career beyond the NBA, he has enrolled at the University of Kentucky with plans to complete his degree in the near future. Despite this new endeavor, he remains hopeful of continuing his professional basketball journey.

While pursuing his degree, Rondo anticipates being involved with the basketball team in some capacity, although not as a staff member. He eagerly awaits the opportunity to interact with the team and the incoming freshman class.

“I can’t wait to see them; I can’t wait to get my hands on them. I’m going to try to provide input in any way I can. Coach Cal actually called me right before I got here; I told him I’m just happy to be around and be a listening ear for these young guys,” Rondo shared, as reported by Kentucky Sports Radio’s Jack Pilgrim.

Rondo’s early success is no stranger to the Kentucky Wildcats, as he earned a spot on the All-SEC Freshman Team during his debut season in Lexington. He continued to excel, securing a spot on the All-SEC Second Team in his second year with the Cats.

While Rondo is committed to completing his degree and spending quality time with his two children, aged 16 and 11, his presence will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to the Kentucky basketball roster. The team boasts young guards like D.J. Wagner, Rob Dillingham, Reed Sheppard, and Justin Edwards, all of whom are set to play pivotal roles in the upcoming 2023-24 season of Kentucky Basketball.


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