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Three-star guard Andre Hollins tripped to Ole Miss over the weekend, the fourth of his five official visits. Read how it went inside.

Andre Hollins will soon have a tough decision to make.

He's narrowed his list of offers to five finalists – Ole Miss, Harvard, Stanford, Auburn and Minnesota – but has yet to name a favorite. He never expected this decision to be so tough, long assuming his recruitment would become clearer when the early signing period drew near in November.

"Every school has something unique to offer," he said. "No one's in the lead or behind. I mean, they're all the same right now. After my last visit (to Stanford), I'll sit down with my parents, process it and just talk, pray and then decide."

After visiting Ole Miss over the weekend, Hollins arrived home Sunday as confused as ever.

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"It was great," he said. "It made my decision even harder."

Ole Miss sold playing time and proximity to home to the three-star guard.

Point guard Chris Warren is set to graduate following the upcoming season. Oxford is a fairly short drive from Memphis, Tenn., where Hollins has starred at guard for White Station High School for three seasons.

"They stressed playing time and the proximity to home, the closeness to home," Hollins said. "They're stressed for guards. They said I'd have an opportunity to play. Those were the main points."

While intrigued by the possibility of contributing early, Hollins said distance from home won't play a major role in his decision. Rather, he'll choose the school where he feels the most comfortable, where he has "that feeling."

"I've thought about it, but in the end, it wouldn't matter how close or how far away," he said. "I'll base my decision on where I feel the most comfortable. That's what it's going to boil down to, a place where I just have that feeling. I want to be completely comfortable, have a great relationship with the head coach and be where my parents feel comfortable in letting me go."

Hollins made the customary rounds of a recruiting visit. He received a first-hand look at Ole Miss' academic support center, as well as the Rebels' state-of-the-art basketball practice facility, which he hadn't seen before.

"That was top-notch," Hollins said. "It was NBA, just a great facility. (The Ole Miss coaching staff) told me all about it in a home visit the week before. I was expecting it, but it was really nice. It was top of the line."

And to academic support:

"They have some of the best support," he added. "I think they said their honors college is ranked third in the nation. I can't go wrong with any of the schools. It's just my decision is going to be very tough, very tough."

More than anything, however, he was able to spend time with the Ole Miss players and coaching staff, including head coach Andy Kennedy.

"The players and coaches are real family-oriented," he said. "They're all real close. I have a great relationship with the coaches. They were telling me how this was a great opportunity to come in and play in the SEC. SEC basketball is on TV every day. They said I could come in averaging 35 minutes (of playing time) a game as a freshman, and my parents, being 45 minutes away, could come see every home game.

"Coach Kennedy said he wants to coach me and make me better."

Hollins admitted he hasn't thought about an announcement date, though he'll probably make his decision known around November. It's late in the recruiting process, but Hollins is still gathering information, doing all he can to make an informed decision.

"I didn't expect it to be this tough," Hollins said. "It's hard, but it's good, because I don't want to make a decision without having all the information and looking over it. I'll sit down, analyze it all and hopefully make the right decision."


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