Rollins Looking To Take Home State

Miami RedHawk signee Quinten Rollins has his eyes on the ultimate prize of a state title. The 6'1", 185 pound senior point guard says 10-5 Wilmington (OH) High School has the strength to pull it off. Currently ranked #15 by Ohio High School Hoops, "Q" intends to finish #1.

Miami RedHawk signee Quinten Rollins has his eyes on the ultimate prize of a state title. The 6'1", 185 pound senior point guard says 10-5 Wilmington (OH) High School has the strength to pull it off. Currently ranked #15 by Ohio High School Hoops, "Q" intends to finish #1.

Rollins said, "If we can play like we can play, we can pull it off." Along with fellow 6'2" senior shooting guard Jordan Berlin, who signed with NCAA Division II Ashland College, the duo make one of the top guard tandems in Ohio. "Our season is going good. It could be better. We want to finish strong."

Ohio Division II Wilmington has been dominant in the Ft. Ancient Valley Conference. The school has a perfect record of 6-0 in the league and is currently a half game behind 7-0 Cincinnati Walnut Hills in the Cardinal Division. Twice the game at Walnut has had to be cancelled due to weather.

Much like his future college Miami, Wilmington has been battle tested in the non-conference schedule. Wilmington has faced Dayton Dunbar (OHHH #1 ranked team in DII), Columbus DeSales (OHHH #6 in DII), Christ High School from North Carolina, and Miller Grove out of Georgia. Wilmington has also faced a pair of Division I schools in Centerville and GCL power Cincinnati Elder.

Of the value of the tough non-league competition, Rollins said, "It is good experience. It will help us in the post season to play good teams."

Rollins can both score and defend. He currently ranks #2 in the eighteen member FAVC in points (18.3ppg) and steals (2.6). Rollins says his "defense and offense feed off each other." The scoring average is a little deflated due to 2 points in limited playing time in a 29 point blowout over Amelia. He scored a season high of 30 points against both DeSales and Elder.

Rollins is also in the FAVC leaderboard in rebounds (3.9), assists (2.3), and field goal percentage (49.8%). He is shooting 65.2% from the line.

Rollins says he is working on improving his jump shot (currently 21.6% from behind the arc) and being a leader.

While outside shooting is not the signature of his offensive game, Q uses his strength (bench press 255, squat 370) and quickness to get to the bucket. He also has the pure point guard skills that have been missing in Oxford since the days of Rob Mestas.

Rollins previously told RedHawk Insider that his game resembles former North Carolina PG Ty Lawson in that he is not a great shooter but is strong and makes his teammates better.

Rollins said he had a great time on campus at Miami's Elite Camp last summer and said the RedHawks have a "great coaching staff." After the camp, he was ready to get the decision out of the way and commit to Head Coach Charlie Coles. Rollins stated at the time, "I feel I made the right decision with my recruitment."

"Q" hopes to contribute as a freshman next year. He said, "(Miami Assistant Coach Ryan) Pedon said I can come in and play."

Rollins also was recruited by Penn State, Wright State, Duquesne, Central Michigan, Furman, Eastern Kentucky, Cleveland State, Ball State, Western Carolina, and Davidson.

Rollins plans to major in business with a marketing degree.

He joins 6'8 wing forward Jon Harris (Twinsburg (OH) H.S.) and 6'5" shooting guard Josh Sewell (Louisville Trinity H.S.) as Miami's three signees in the high school class of 2010.

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