Hollins Ready for Postseason Play

The Gophers' top-ranked incoming freshmen for the 2011 is Andre Hollins of White Station High School. Hollins has been on a tear lately, leading his team to state for the fourth consecutive year. Goldensports.net chatted with Hollins about his stellar senior campaign.

Andre Hollins is no stranger to playing in the postseason. He and the White Stations Spartans have been to the Tennessee State Tournament for four straight years. "9th grade we were runner up, 10th grade we won it, last year we were runner up," explains the 6-foot-3 combo guard.

En route to state, Hollins had to play Melrose High School, home of Adonis Thomas, a top-ten ranked player nationally for 2011. Hollins said of the game against their rivals, "We beat Melrose by six. We played poised, smart, and hard. We played great team defense the entire game." When asked he played individually, Hollins responded, "I performed well. I played composed throughout."

This composure comes from years of experience playing in the postseason. When asked if he feels more pressure this year because he is a senior he said, "None at all." He added, "We just have to play ball."

Hollins poise and leadership is shown on the court. Hollins tells his younger teammates, "To leave it all out on the court and that this is what we have been working for all year long."

What are Andre Hollins' expectations for the state tournament? "To win it all!," he said. If he and his White Station teammates keep up the great play, Hollins could find himself claiming a second Tennessee State Championship.

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