Four-star 2017 wing Alfred Hollins is moving to Arizona for his final year of high school. One of the first things he did was taken an unofficial visit to Arizona State.
"They watched me over the summer in my last tournament in (Las) Vegas and were interested in me," said Hollins, a 6-foot-5 small forward who played last season for Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco. "The ASU coach said he was really impressed by me and wanted me to visit. Now I'm actually staying in Arizona because I'm going to Hillcrest (Academy) now."
Hollins was at ASU Saturday along with his mother, grandfather and sister, and the Sun Devils represented themselves well.
"I learned that all the players get their own personal academic advisor," Hollins said. "That was really important to me because academics are the most important thing about picking a college. That was really eye-opening. They provide the players everything they need to be successful so they don't have to worry. They make sure you're able to just focus on basketball and school. My family loved it too so it was cool."
Still early in the recruiting process, Hollins settled on Hillcrest because he knows some of the other high profile players including the No. 1 2017 overall recruit nationally, DeAndre Ayton, and Josh Green, a 2019 standout who played for Mountain Ridge High last year.
"I visited there last year and thought it was a good fit for me," Hollins said. "Me and the coach talked and I know some of the players. I I just feel like it's a good change for me. We can all just play together and try to win a national championship."
Depending on how things go with scholarship offers and official visits in the coming months, Hollins said he could wait until the spring period in order to continue to see who else starts recruiting him more aggressively.
"It hasn't been too crazy but it's been getting there a little bit," he said. "I've been talking to Colorado, Virginia Tech, Oregon, Oregon State, LSU, Virginia sends a lot of mail, I've talked with Cuonzo (Martin) at Cal but that's not so strong yet, Washington State. It's a lot of Pac-12 schools."
Hollins said he could take official visits to ASU, Arizona and Oregon.
"I feel like the perfect fit for me, the perfect college is where my family will also be comfortable with me there, and where I can be the best all-around player, not be put into a box," he said. "My game is more so up and down, versatile, I can do a lot. I like a team like that, where you can show everything you can do.
"I feel like I'm getting stronger and faster, playing different positions. I've been working out doing crossfit and even yoga, just everything I can to become a better player overall. And I'm trying to put up 500 shots a day or sometimes even 1,000. I'm getting a lot of shots up. Usually I do that in the morning and then go to do a swimming pool workout or yoga or pilates. I'm trying to make this my future and it's been going pretty good so far why not keep it going."