Hollins Dives Into Recruitment

Originally Austin Hollins was planning to decide late. He's changed his mind and has three schools at the top of his list.

Austin Hollins benefited from playing alongside Casey Prather during AAU ball.

With college coaches lining up to watch Prather with the Nashville Celtics, Hollins, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound wing, was able to show off his game and grab the attention of a number of schools.

"I think I played really good," Hollins explained. "Sometimes I played really good, but sometimes I played bad. But that's what summer basketball is for, getting better, developing your game and getting ready for high school ball."

"I feel like I can compete with most players," he continued. "I'm not really strong, but I always try my best and I feel like I can compete with these high profile players."

His strong play during July has led to an upgrade in his recruitment. Among the schools showing interest are Minnesota, Arkansas, Memphis, Stanford, Alabama, Georgia, Baylor and Mississippi.

According to Hollins, Arkansas, Memphis and Minnesota have offered him a scholarship, and those three programs appear to be ahead of the pack. "They have been on me for a while, but at the same time they have things that draw me to them," he said of the three schools. "They have good programs and good coaches and good academics and basically everything you'd look for in a school."

Hollins did an in-home visit with Memphis this past week, while Minnesota is set up to come in this week. He's also taken unofficial visits to Arkansas and Memphis, and Minnesota has an official set up for this coming weekend.

The Germantown (Tenn.) High standout was on Memphis' campus this past weekend, and he walked away with a better feel for the program.

"I took an unofficial to Memphis [on Sunday]," the three-star prospect said. "It went good. It was really informative. They gave me a tour of the campus and showed me around a little bit. I got a real good feel for Memphis."

Following his trip to Minnesota this weekend, Hollins said he could be done taking visits. There is, however, a possibility that he'll set up an official to Arkansas.

"I'm starting to get the hang of this and my list narrowed down," he said. "Initially I wanted to decide in the spring, but I think I'd like to make on in the fall now just to go ahead and get it out of the way."


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