Austin Hollins Commits To Minnesota

Austin Hollins, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Germantown who visited Minnesota this past weekend, has committed to the Gophers, according to sources close to the program. Hollins, who is one of the country's top shooters, picked Minnesota over Arkansas and Memphis. He is the second commit for Minnesota, joining Elliott Eliason and they have one scholarship left for the Class of 2010.

Austin Hollins, who is the son of former NBA player and current Memphis Grizzlies head coach, Lionel, averaged 16 points per game last season as a junior as Germantown finished 20-12 and advanced to the Region 8-AAA quarterfinals. He is expected to carry more of the scoring load this upcoming season with the loss of Ian Clark, a four-year varsity letterwinner who averaged 23 points, five rebounds and five assists per game as a senior. Clark is a freshmna at nearby Belmont University.

"Ian Clark is a phenomenal player," Germantown head coach Newton Mahler recently told the Memphsi Commercial Appeal, "but Austin Hollins will be the best player that's come out of Germantown High School in many, many, many years, because he can do more than one thing."

"What he's got to learn how to be is motivational verbally," Mealer continued. "He's got to become a verbal communicator. Austin's a really quiet guy. He likes to go out on the floor and play his game. He doesn't like all the talking and the accolades."

Alex Waddey, director of Senior Division for the Nashville Celtics told GoldenSports.Net that thinks Hollins is a special player.

"He has a high basketball IQ. He is long, so he defends well. He shoots the ball well from mid-range and deep. He continues to get better at putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket."

Waddey said that Hollins had picked up offers from Arkansas, Minnesota, Oregon State and Memphis. He made a recent unofficial visit to Arkansas and Memphis.

Hollins, who is an excellent student with a 4.0 GPA, shined this spring and summer for the Nashville Celtics, who finished 30-10. They won the River City Showdown AAU Tournament that ends at the University of Memphis and played well in other tournaments, according to Waddey.

"We lost to eventual champion DC Assault in the Take 5 in Cincinnati. We made it to the quarters in the Real Deal. We made it to the Super 64 Elite 8. We were 4-3, but the two teams in our pool, played in the championship game. We made it to the semis in the String Music Showcase."

Mahler said that Arkansas, Arizona State, Baylor, Georgia, Minnesota, Oregon State and Memphis were among the schools in contact with Hollins.

"Obviously he's got the last name, and that's helped with college recruiting," Mealer told the Memphis Commerical Appeal. "But I'll be honest -- he's earned most of that because of the way he's played. "He's had, legitimately, 28 schools that I feel like I've talked to on the phone and have said, 'If Austin Hollins will go here, we'll give him a scholarship."

Hollins admits having a famous dad doesn't hurt, but he is determined to make a name for himself.

"I don't worry about what people expect," Hollins told the Commercial Appeal. "I just go out there and play as hard as I can, work as hard as I can and that is what will take me to where I want to be. It is a nice advantage to come to him for advice since he has been there and done that."

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