Rutgers University is one of nine high profile teams in the hunt for 6'8" 230 pound Junior College power insider, Hakeem Rollins. Rollins who is a fully qualified pre-med major enrolled in Mesa Junior College in the late summer preceding his freshman year.
Coach Alton Lister, the Mesa Head Coach and former NBA star, approached Rollins during his senior year. Coach had the impression that Hakeem was going to school just for academics He had been ticketed for Arizona State as an honor student with little or no hope of making their basketball team. During his senior year at Mesa High, Hakeem averaged only about 10 points per game.
Rollins and his mother just showed up one day at Mesa and he played during a Summer League game for Mesa. Somewhere along the line he changed his mind. That's basically how this honor student ended up at his hometown Community College.
Hakeem has just exploded as a player during the last two years. Coach Lister said that Hakeem has the whole package: academics, skills and athletic ability. He also has a real good feel for the game.
Some of the teams involved with Hakeem include Rutgers and Boston College out of the Big East, Big Twelve members Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Kansas State, and Pac 10 members Stanford, ASU, Washington and Oregon State.
Rollins shot 56.5% from the field over his first 21 games and averaged 25.7 points per game. He had 195 rebounds in those games for an average of 9.3 rebounds per game. Two weeks ago Hakeem was named the ACCAC player of the week.
Coach Lister said that Rollins is long armed and skilled. He can score from inside or step out and knock it down. He is being doubled and tripled every night because the point guard, Paul Moore, who was the best prep in the State of Arizona last year, is out. Coach said that he hoped to have Moore back soon because that would help his team and free up the inside for Rollins.
Right now Mesa is in sixth place in ACCAC and qualified for their post-season tournament.
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