Combo Guard Checks Out Barbee's Tigers

Andre Hollins, a talented basketball prospect from Memphis, discusses recruiting and his trip to Auburn.

Memphis, Tenn.--Andre Hollins is expected to be one of the top basketball prospects in the state of Tennessee for the 2011 signing class. The 6-2 guard from White Station High says that Auburn is one of his colleges of interest.

He made his first visit to Auburn in June to attend a one-day basketball camp put on by new AU head coach Tony Barbee and his staff. "As a matter of fact, it was my first time in the state of Alabama," Hollins tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "The campus is really nice and the new arena is really nice. I really like it.

"I like Coach Barbee and his coaching staff," the rising senior says. "They have done a great job at UTEP and I think they are going to do a great job this coming year at Auburn."

Playing on a team that was the state runnerup his junior season, Hollins notes that he averaged around 16 to 17 points per game and three to four assists.

"I am a combo guard," he says. "I am a shooter and a distributor. I am working on my ball-handling this summer. Since Joe Jackson (five star point guard, Memphis signee) is gone I am going to have to step it up at little bit. I am ready for that challenge. This year, playing as a point guard, is going to give me good experience for the next level.

"I am working on my point guard IQ and defense," he says. "I think defense is one of my strengths. Going back to back to when I was a freshman, Coach relied on me to defend the other team's best scorer so I like that challenge. I take pride in the defense."

Hollins says he and his teammates are hungry to be successful again for the 2010-2011 season. "We had a great run,"?he says. "We were the state runnerup. We felt short to the Melrose. We did really well and we will be back again next year. We have three starters back--Nino Johnson, Marvin Williams and myself."

Hollins notes that recruiting attention has really picked up for him. "I just came back from California and I visited Stanford," he says. "Stanford, Auburn, Memphis, Ole Miss, Penn, Cincinnati and Boston College have offered."

Andre Hollins

The guard points out that he doesn't have a favorite yet. "I am still open now," he says. "After the summer is done I am going to narrow it to five, take my visits and then make my decision so I can focus on my senior season with my mind clear."

Commenting on what factors will go into making his college choice, Hollins says, "Academics is first and then I am looking for a great relationship with the head coach because he is the guy who ultimately runs the program. I am looking for a place where I can fit in. Early playing time would be great, but I know wherever you go you have to work to earn that."

Academics shouldn't be a problem for the guard, who reports that he is an honor student with a 4.5 grade point average at White Station. "I took the ACT and made a 25," he says. "I haven't decided yet what I want to study in college, but I might have a taste for sports medicine."

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