Hollins Commits to UCLA

The 6-10 center from Pasadena, Ryan Hollins, said he verbally committed to UCLA this morning...

Ryan Hollins, 6-10 SR C, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir, told us he committed to UCLA this morning.

"Yes, it's official. I'm committed to UCLA as of this morning," Hollins said.

Hollins originally signed a National Letter of Intent with St. Louis last fall. He then asked to be released from his Letter when St. Louis head coach Lorenzo Romar left St. Louis to take the top spot at Washington.

Hollins was granted the release from his Letter, and it was pretty well assumed he'd follow Romar to Washington.

The Hollins family, though, then contacted UCLA to express their interest and UCLA began recruiting Hollins.

He then took an official visit to Washington. It was his fifth official visit, the maximum allowed by the NCAA, so he then took an unofficial visit last week to UCLA.

Hollins indicated that the lure of being able to stay close to home and play for UCLA was the deciding factor.

Hollins really burst on the scene last spring and summer, when he displayed some nice athleticism in AAU ball. Many schools in the Pac-10 got involved with him, such as Oregon and Arizona State before he committed to St. Louis.

By NCAA rules, Hollins, because he was let out of his Letter, would have to sit out one year before being eligible. But there is a strong precedent for players who have been in the same situation to be granted immediate eligiblity by the NCAA. Hollins will appeal to the NCAA to do so.

Since a prospect can only sign one National Letter of Intent, Hollins will sign a Scholarship Agreeement, which only binds UCLA and not Hollins.

Hollins, as a player, has some nice potential, with some good athleticism for someone 6-10. He's still very raw, but also has good, natural skills, and will need to add weight. He very likely could redshirt.


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