A Sleeping Giant

In a year that lacks big men, it's like finding gold for many college coaches when someone like 6-10 Ryan Hollins from Pasadena Muir emerges...

Ryan Hollins, 6-10 SR C, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir, is one of the biggest surprises of the summer.

He, reportedly, was about 6-5 two years ago, played on the JV for some of last season, and never really clicked on varsity.

He's clicking now. Big, with good quickness and athleticism, Hollins is easily one of the best center prospects on the west coast.

Hollins said that he's now getting recruited by USC, ASU, Pepperdine, UTEP, UCSB, LMU, St. Mary's, Nevada and Siena. He's been offered by UTEP but says his favorites as of right now are USC and ASU.

"It's really cool, all the recruiting attention," Hollins said. "And I have no idea what I want to do. I might want to go to an Ivy League school even. Like Yale."

Hollins said that he has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 970 on his SAT.

But more than likely, Hollins believes he'll wait until spring to decide. "Maybe I'll get more looks. I just started to really play basketball. I'll hopefully get bigger and add more weight."

Hollins is looking for a college where he can get a good education and a place where he feels his game will develop. "I really want to learn the game as best I can. I'm interested in how a program could develop me, and I'm very willing to work. Going away to school or staying close to home doesn't matter."

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