Sun Devil All-American And Graduate Lionel Hollins To Join Men's Basketball Radio Team

Oct. 17, 2001

Arizona State University and Athletic Director Gene Smith have announced that Sun Devil All-American Lionel Hollins has joined the Sun Devil Radio Network broadcast team as the color commentator for ASU men's basketball.

'We are thrilled to have Lionel join the ASU broadcasting team. It is a great opportunity for us to have a Sun Devil Hall of Famer involved in a program where he excelled,' says Smith. 'It is also a great example of an ASU graduate and former player taking an active role in the current program.'

Hollins, who graduated from ASU with a sociology degree in 1986, is a 1975 charter member of the ASU Hall of Fame. He was the leading scorer at 17.3 points per game in 1973-74 as the Sun Devils went 18-9 and then averaged 16.7 points as ASU went 25-4 in 1974-75. In 1975, Hollins was a first-team All-American by The Sporting News. He led ASU to the NCAA Tournament in 1975, as ASU beat Alabama (97-94 in Tempe) and UNLV (84-81 in Portland) before falling to UCLA 89-75 in Portland.

A 6-3 guard, Hollins played two years at Dixie Community College in St. George, Utah, before his stellar Sun Devil career. He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the sixth pick overall in the 1975 NBA draft. One year later, Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas and Hollins led the Blazers to their first-ever and only NBA championship. After 10 seasons in the NBA, Hollins returned to Arizona State as an assistant coach. He has more than a dozen years of coaching experience at the NBA level, serving as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns (1988-95) and Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-1999). Hollins also served as the Grizzlies interim head coach during the 1999-2000 season.

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