June 14, 2010
Memphis shooting guard talks recruiting, future
Andre Hollins is looking at his upcoming move to point guard with a glass-half-full mindset.
The three-star shooting guard from Memphis (White Station), Tenn., is being recruited primarily as a combo guard, so a senior year spent running the show should provide valuable experience, even if it takes him away from the two-guard spot he so excels in.
"I'm playing pretty well right now," Hollins said. "I'm just working to make the transition to the (point) at White Station for next year. I'm working on my ball-handling. It's just going to give me more experience."
Hollins is also preparing to narrow his list of schools to a manageable five later this summer. The 6-foot-3 Hollins, who had a breakout summer on the AAU circuit a year ago, said he plans to take his visits this fall and sign with his school of choice in November. Ole Miss, Stanford, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Cincinnati, Alabama and Auburn appear to the leading candidates to be finalists.
Hollins isn't ready to name a favorite, but he did acknowledge that one school _ Ole Miss _ is virtually assured a spot in his final five.
"I like their loyalty," Hollins said. "They've been recruiting me since the ninth grade. It's the school I've seen the most and I have the best relationship with their coaches. It definitely gives them an edge."
Ole Miss' case for Hollins is also helped by the Rebels' standing for Jacksonville, Fla., power forward Wayne Martin. The 6-9 Martin plays AAU basketball with Hollins, and the two are good friends.
"We've talked about going to the same college," Hollins said. "He told me he's looking at Ole Miss right hard right now. We're good friends. We'll see what happens."
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