Hollins commits to UCLA

Ryan Hollins, the 6-11, 210-pound center prospect from Pasadena (Calif.) Muir made his decision today and his decision was to stay close to home and attend UCLA to play basketball this fall. He chose the Bruins over Washington and new head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar.

"I committed to Coach (Steve) Lavin this morning," Ryan told Dawgman.com this evening, contradicting earlier reports that had Hollins accepting an offer to play for the Washington Huskies. "He was really excited. It was pretty tough for me to make up my mind but I had to make it happen."

Hollins struggled with his decision mostly because of his relationship with Romar. Romar initially signed Ryan to play basketball at Saint Louis University before he accepted the position of head coach for his alma mater, Washington.

"Normally I would have been pretty pumped," Ryan said about his decision. "I like UCLA, but due to the situation it was kind of stressful, going back and forth. But I have a strong feeling for UCLA. I felt like it was the right place for me."

Ryan appears at peace with his decision. "I'm glad it's over," he said. "Now I can go out there, work hard and show what I can do, show what I'm about."

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