BERKELEY -- 2017 San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep wing Alfred Hollins recently named his top four schools, and he got to play once again on the floor of one of those finalists on Monday -- California.
Hollins is now 0-2 at Haas Pavilion in the last two years, both in the MLK Classic, but this time out, he poured in 20 points and added four rebounds and an assist in a 62-51 loss.
"It was a little rough," Hollins said. "We didn't come to compete today, I felt like. I felt like everybody was a little anxious and nervous because of the crowd."
One of the young bucks for the Irish -- 2019 point guard Kamiri Smith -- showed a lot of promise, and Hollins said that he still has to learn to calm down, and to take charge on the court.
"That means, me, too," Hollins said. "He has to be OK telling me what to do, and he'll get there."
Hollins was watched by a clutch of Pac-12 coaches, from Washington State, Oregon State and Cal, along with Pepperdine and San Jose State but it's with the Bears that he's formed the closest relationships.
"Me and Cal have been talking very much lately," Hollins said. "It's close to home, and I like the system they have. I have good relationships with a couple of the players, like Ivan [Rabb] and Jaylen [Brown]. I've been playing with them in open scrimmages. I come and try my best, because they guard me like I'm a college player, and I come at them like they're just another opponent. It's really competitive, and really interesting."
Those open scrimmages happened during the summer, "with a few local Bay Area players and college players, and we go at it for a couple hours."
The Bears have yet to offer, but that could happen soon.
"We've been talking offer, and hopefully, it comes soon," Hollins said. "As far as right now, we're talking, getting a good base. I've been invited to some of the games, including the Midnight Madness. I was talking to some of their recruits, and getting to know what their level of interest is, and how they feel about recruiting. That's been really good to get to talk to them."
San Francisco is also involved.
He has "very high interest" from the Bears and Arizona. If Cal were to offer, it would be tough to turn down, said the 6-foot-6, 195-pounder.
"That would definitely put them at the top, because it's close to home, and I could see my family coming," Hollins said. "Keeping my family here, being close to see me, that'd be a good feeling, and coming out and knowing that I could put on for the community and for the city, and the state."
Hollins has put on 10 pounds since last year, and he's trying to break the 200-pound mark. Ideally, he said, he wants to get to 210.
"I'm trying to change up how I eat, and change up my routine," he said.
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